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On the afternoon of April 7, in Vi Thanh city, Hau Giang province, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Minh Hoan chaired the workshop titled “The project of sustainable development of 1 million hectares of high-quality rice associated with green growth in the Mekong Delta”.

Speaking at the seminar, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Minh Hoan said that: Over the years, the rice industry has been constantly developing with positive changes in all stages from production to trade. However, the current rice industry still has limitations that need to be overcome in order to achieve sustainable and efficient production.

Minister Le Minh Hoan emphasized that changing rice production is not easy. If the current rice farming system does not change, farmers' income will not improve, not to mention the risk of resource depletion, input waste and especially impacts on environment as well as accelerating the process of climate change.

The Minister said that this project would be implemented from 2024 in 12 provinces of the Mekong Delta, aiming to reach about 1 million hectares by 2030, with an output of 13.0. million tons of rice.

The project’s objective is to form a specialized area for high-quality rice production with a production system organized along a value chain, applying sustainability standards to adapt to climate change, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improving the efficiency of the production and business system, income of rice growers, ensuring national food security, stabilizing society and improving the quality and reputation of Vietnamese rice products in the world market.