Agriculture urged to reach 1.2% growth

The agricultural sector was urged to exert all-out efforts in the remaining months of the year to realise the sector’s gross domestic product growth target of at least 1.2 per cent and increase export value to US$31 billion in 2016. Speaking at a press conference hosted by the Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development in Hà Nội on November 9,  Deputy Minister Hà Công Tuấn said 1.2 per cent growth was lower than the initial target but it was better than the negative growth rate in the first half of the year. The sector will take measures to maintain and promote growth of fruit, vegetable and aquaculture exports to make up for a drop in rice exports, Tuấn said. He asked for special attention to fostering exports, controlling quality of exports and ensuring food safety for demanding markets like those in Japan and Europe. 

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