Hanoi (VNA) – The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) is implementing a number of measures to help farmers sell their produce.
According to Tran Thanh Hai, deputy director general of the ministry’s Foreign Trade Agency, the export turnover of agricultural products reached 7.2 billion dollars in the first three months of this year, up 19 % compared to 2011.
Coffee, rice and aquatic products recorded strong growth of between 38 and 50%. However, difficulties remain in the to sell of certain product groups and at specific times, he said, citing the export of fruit to China through border crossings as an example.
To address the issue, the MoIT has compiled a draft plan on shifting from unofficial, small-scale shipping to export through official channels and submitted it to the prime minister for approval, Hai said at a press conference on March 30.
The ministry has also set up a steering committee headed by Minister of Industry and Commerce Nguyen Hong Dien to resolve the congestion of agricultural products at the border gates.
In addition, the MoIT has worked closely with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to promote negotiations with China to increase the number of fruits exported through official channels in the future, he said. he said, adding that the ministry has also worked with the Ministry of Transport to guide companies to change their delivery methods and take advantage of other modes of transport to avoid traffic jams at border crossings.
Hai said the number of trucks queuing for customs clearance at border gates to enter China has dropped significantly, as China’s imposition of pandemic control measures limits customs clearance activities, resulting in a sharp drop in the number of vehicles coming to the gates.
Companies have recognized the need to change modes of transport and delivery methods, he said.
The MoIT has coordinated with associations and localities to organize training courses for companies engaged in the export and import of agricultural products, Hai said, adding that the ministry will issue a manual guiding them to switch to channels. official export offices and encouraging Vietnamese overseas trade offices to promote market expansion.
Regarding the plan for the sale of agricultural products this year, Hoang Minh Chien, deputy director general of the Trade Promotion Agency (TPA) under the MoIT, said the agency is allowed to collaborate with agencies and localities concerned to promote connections in the sale of agricultural products. .
The agency has also been commissioned to draw up an agricultural map of Vietnam which should provide official information and attract new customers, thus creating links between localities, cooperatives and households.
MoIT Vice Minister Do Thang Hai said effective measures include enforcing e-commerce and signing a cooperation plan with an e-commerce giant like Amazon Global Selling with 300 million customers in the world. Recently, the TPA also worked with Chinese e-commerce platform Alibaba.com to promote the country’s products.
According to Vice Minister Hai, not only in times of the pandemic, online export promotion activities will be a mainstream trend in the future. Thus, the MoIT will actively cooperate with other ministries, agencies and localities in the deployment of digital applications and platforms to support the sale of agricultural production./.