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OCOP programme - solution to develop new-style rural areas

Politburo member, Deputy Prime Minister and head of the Central Steering Committee for National Target Programmes, Vuong Dinh Hue, ran an article on the implementation of the “One Commune, One Product” (OCOP) programme, one of the important solutions in restructuring agriculture and developing new-style rural areas.

 

OCOP programme, new-style rural areas, One Commune, One Product, important solutions, restructuring agriculture, potential and advantages, socio-economic development

 

The OCOP fair in Quang Ninh province.

Rural development remains unstable

The Deputy PM stated that Vietnamese rural areas have seen visible changes with improvements to infrastructure and the living standards of the people after the 10-year implementation of the Resolution of the seventh session of the 10th National Congress of the Party, the eight-year implementation of the National Target Programme on building new-style rural areas and the five-year implementation of the programme on agricultural restructuring.

So far, approximately 3,420 communes (38.32%) nationwide have been recognized as meeting the standards set for new-style rural areas. However, besides the achievements, the building of new-style rural areas and poverty reduction reveal considerable disparities between areas, while the potential and advantages of localities have yet to be fully tapped.

One of the main reasons for the inadequacies is that localities have yet to identify their main products with competitive advantages, the shortcomings of trade promotion activities, a high proportion of small-scaled production models and untrained laborers, as well as low labor productivity in rural areas, among others.

Projects in support of agricultural production mainly depend on the State budget and external funding sources, while lacking links between firms, scientists and farmers.

In particular, after the completion of support projects, local farmers often lack the knowledge, skills and capital to continue to develop established production models in a sustainable manner. The rural economy also shows uneven development associated with environmental pollution, the movement of young laborers to urban areas, and others.

Applying international experience to Vietnam

OCOP programme, new-style rural areas, One Commune, One Product, important solutions, restructuring agriculture, potential and advantages, socio-economic development

The OCOP intends to develop the rural economy and build new-style rural areas (illustrative image).

Vietnam can study and apply the OCOP programme which has been successfully implemented in Japan since 1979. Through the OVOP, special attention is paid to socio-economic development in rural areas based on internal strength and available resources in addition to increasing the added value on local products.

The focus of the OCOP is to develop agricultural and non-agricultural products and services that have the advantage of their localities with the involvement of the private and cooperative sectors.

The OVOP movement has spread to more than 40 countries around the world, contributing positively to the socio-economic development in rural areas.

Quang Ninh province was the first province in Vietnam to implement the OVOP programme in 2013, which has proved effective after three years. So far, more than 30 localities across the country have carried out the programme on a different scale which has helped to create thousands of commercial products.

There are more than 6,000 enterprises, cooperatives, cooperative groups and households (with business registration) that are producing over 4,800 products boasting local advantages.

However, the Vietnamese agricultural sector is facing three big challenges including small-scaled production, fierce competition from international markets and negative impacts from climate change.

Key groups of solutions

OCOP programme, new-style rural areas, One Commune, One Product, important solutions, restructuring agriculture, potential and advantages, socio-economic development

Yen The Hill Chicken is among the OCOP products of Bac Giang province.

Deputy PM Vuong Dinh Hue pointed out six groups of solutions to promote the effectiveness of the OCOP programme in order to fuel the rural economy.

He stated the necessity of raising public awareness of the significance of the OCOP programme to motivate farmers and firms to develop products of local advantages. It is also advisable to develop diverse types of high-quality products and services which will be rated under OCOP standards.

The government official also emphasised the importance of the application of science and technology in building new-style rural areas, agricultural restructuring, and natural disaster mitigation.

Deputy PM Hue also asked the credit and financial institutions to develop programmes in support of the OCOP, while the media and travel agencies should increase the dissemination of information on local specialities associated with national-scale marketing.

He added that the OCOP intends to develop the rural economy but urban areas are also encouraged to implement the programme which will help to boost the expansion of production, small and medium-sized enterprises, and start-ups.

Source: NDO

OCOP programme, new-style rural areas, One Commune, One Product, important solutions, restructuring agriculture, potential and advantages, socio-economic development
 
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