Vietnam witnesses improved mechanisation in agriculture

Date: 2022.08.25

Mechanisation in agricultural production will help Vietnam become one of the top ten leading agricultural processing hubs in the world by 2050, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Tran Thanh Nam said on August 24.

The deputy minister was speaking at AGRITECHNICA ASIA Live 2022, which covers agricultural developments and technology in the region.

Nam said that the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development was promulgating a decree which would be a legal basis for the development of mechanisation in agriculture.

Agritechnica Asia Live 2022 was held in the Mekong Delta - a key agricultural production area of Vietnam.

In addition to promoting mechanisation in the agricultural sector, it was also important to improve links in agricultural production, processing and consumption, he said.

Currently, the number and types of machinery and equipment for agricultural production are increasing rapidly in Vietnam. Specifically, between 2011 and 2021, the number of tractors of all kinds increased by 60%, water pumping equipment 60%, combine harvesters 80%, and tools for drying agricultural products 30%.

Machines for feed production increased 91%, aqua feed processing increased by 2.2 times and those for spraying pesticides increased by 3.5 times.

"Mechanisation is now available at all stages from tillage, fertilisation, irrigation, harvesting and post-harvest technology," Nam said.

The whole country now has about 7,800 mechanical enterprises, more than 270 scientific research organisations and 538,700 mechanical workers. There are more than 4,000 agricultural co-operatives working with 1,867 enterprises in the agricultural production, processing and consumption of agricultural products.

Bui Van Kip, Senior Advisor from the Plant Science Branch of Bayer Vietnam, said that using drones in agricultural production was vivid evidence of agricultural mechanisation in Vietnam.

However, it was necessary to build a digital technology platform to help connect farmers with the network of service providers, particularly in collecting data during operation, analysing and developing smart applications in the future, he said.

Specifically, improved drug residue management, pest forecasting, pest control and management would help farmers make effective use of the features and optimise costs when using drones, Kip said.

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