According to Directive No.26/CT-TTg issued on September 21, the fourth wave of COVID-19 infections has severely affected agricultural production as well as circulation, consumption and export of farm produce.

Against the backdrop, the PM asked the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) to instruct localities to synchronously roll out solutions, thus ensuring smooth supply chains.

The MARD will coordinate with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) and the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) to push ahead with market opening for farm produce to China via the official channel.

Measures are needed to facilitate the production and circulation of farm produce amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

It will also coordinate with the Ministry of Finance to submit policies to the Government and the PM to support farmers to recover production in localities that are under social distancing in line with the PM’s Directive 16/CT-TTg.

The MoIT was requested to hold working sessions with Chinese agencies and localities on the opening of more border gates and customs clearance for farm produce.

The MoFA was requested to provide updates on the market, step up trade promotion and connectivity in farm produce consumption for localities, while helping traders in the sale of agricultural products via e-commerce.

The Ministry of Transport will instruct relevant agencies to create optimal conditions for the transportation of agricultural products and materials in service of agricultural production, and consumption and export of farm produce.

According to the directive, the Ministry of Health will coordinate with other ministries, agencies and localities to instruct specialized agencies to inspect, supervise, guide and assist production and business establishments in pandemic prevention and control.

The PM asked the Ministry of Planning and Investment to work harder to improve the domestic investment environment in the field of agriculture, and encourage enterprises to invest in agriculture and rural development.

The Ministry of Finance was tasked with instructing customs agencies to speed up customs clearance at border gates.

The State Bank of Vietnam needs to direct credit institutions to further allocate capital to production, processing, circulation, consumption and export of agricultural products.

Under the instruction of the MoFA, Vietnamese representative offices abroad will increase trade promotion activities for farm produce.

The PM also urged localities to put forth plans on production, consumption and export of agricultural products, ensure smooth supply chains as well as people’s stable lives, and boost growth.

Source: VNA