Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on Tuesday issued a directive encouraging the production, circulation, consumption and export of agricultural products as part of the prevention and control of COVID-19.
Container trucks transport export goods to Binh Hiep International Port in Long An Province.
Directive No.26 / CT-TTg said the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has developed and spread rapidly, severely affecting the production, circulation, consumption and export of agricultural products , especially in localities where social distancing is applied.
In order to quickly remove difficulties and obstacles, restore production, circulation, consumption and export of agricultural products, the Prime Minister asked the ministries, branches and people’s committees of provinces and centrally managed cities to concentrate on the implementation of certain urgent tasks.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is responsible for guiding localities to deploy solutions to ensure that the agricultural production chain is not interrupted; at the same time, completely overhaul and prepare the conditions for the production of the next crop.
The ministry will order localities to promote the development of the production, consumption and export of agricultural products to the regions which have controlled the COVID-19 pandemic to support and fill the deficit of other localities, in particular the southern provinces and cities.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will take primary responsibility and coordinate with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Industry and Trade to promote the opening of official markets for the export of agricultural products to China. (durian, sweet potato, passion fruit, custard, pomelo, aquatic products); urgently negotiate with the competent Chinese authorities to reduce the rate of animal and plant quarantine entering the Chinese market.
The ministry will coordinate with the Ministry of Finance to submit to the government and the Prime Minister policies to support plant varieties, animal husbandry and aquatic products for farmers to restore production in localities that have established a social distancing in accordance with guideline 16.
The Ministry of Industry and Trade is responsible for guiding the localities that have controlled the pandemic to reopen traditional markets and wholesale markets in order to quickly deliver goods to people; at the same time, coordinate with the Ministry of Health the promulgation of regulations aimed at ensuring the prevention and control of pandemics.
At the same time, the Ministry of Industry and Trade should actively discuss with Chinese agencies and localities the opening of more border gates and customs clearance for agricultural exports, especially vegetables and fruits; encourage official exports through international border crossings and major border crossings; and help traders promote the consumption of agricultural products through e-commerce channels.
The Ministry of Transport will lead the relevant agencies to ensure smooth transport across the country, creating the most favorable conditions for the transport of agricultural products and inputs for agricultural production. The ministry will examine and request the cancellation of local documents that are contrary to the regulations of the Government and the Prime Minister on the facilitation of the movement of goods.
The Ministry of Transport will take primary responsibility and coordinate with the Ministry of Industry and Trade in managing the container shortage and implementing solutions to reduce export and import freight rates.
The Prime Minister instructed the Ministry of Health to coordinate with ministries, branches and localities to request specialized agencies to inspect, supervise, guide and support the implementation of the prevention and control of the pandemic in production facilities. The Department of Health will need to uniformly guide and monitor localities to use the results and effective time of two COVID-19 test methods (rapid test and PCR).
The State Bank of Viet Nam is responsible for directing credit institutions to continue to concentrate their sources of capital to meet the needs of production, processing, circulation, consumption and export of agricultural products; quickly and effectively implement agricultural credit policies and programs.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs requests Vietnamese representation missions abroad to update information on production, markets, host country’s import demand, opportunities to promote cooperation and risks related to trade barriers for Vietnamese agricultural products.
The ministry will also continue to promote vaccine diplomacy globally.
People’s committees of centrally managed provinces and cities are implementing the government’s resolution on supporting businesses, cooperatives and business households in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic quickly and effectively.
At the same time, the localities should actively develop plans for the production, consumption and export of agricultural products and ensure the stability of people’s lives. Localities should also implement policies to support vehicle owners and drivers by reducing transport costs, the consumption of agricultural products and the circulation of agricultural equipment; prioritize vaccination for those working in the harvesting, processing, circulation and export of agricultural products.
Localities with border crossings are invited to actively support companies to eliminate the difficulties of warehousing, storage of agricultural products, transport services and trade logistics at border crossings; ensure the customs clearance of agricultural products in all situations.