On August 3, Working Group 970 of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) issued Official Letter No. 20 to Mr. Vo Minh Luong, Deputy Minister of Defense – Head of the Government’s Special Working Group. on appropriate policy support to maintain stable agricultural production during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Accordingly, Working Group 970 proposed the Government’s Special Working Group to unify and recommend the Government to implement the national rice purchasing and stockpiling program to ensure food security and reduce market pressure. market and help stabilize the rice market when the disease situation is complicated in key rice-producing provinces in the Mekong Delta.
In addition, creating conditions and giving priority to vaccination against COVID-19 for workers at seafood processing, breeding and slaughtering factories that are carrying out “3 on-site” production directly.
Proposing the Government to direct the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to coordinate with the Ministry of Finance and the State Bank to agree on a mechanism to support interest rates on loans to encourage production establishments and enterprises to purchase essential agricultural products and supply agricultural materials. industry to stimulate demand to promote production.
Working group 970 proposes to continue expanding the price stabilization policy for workers and workers in big cities and industrial parks within 19 provinces to implement social distancing. Directive 16. Support for electricity prices for production and processing enterprises of agricultural and aquatic products to preserve frozen products.
At the same time, mobilize localities and businesses to participate in the program to support workers in difficulty in industrial parks of Ho Chi Minh City and provinces with key industrial parks under the direction of the Prime Minister. Government at Dispatch 1063/CD-TTg dated July 31, 2021.
According to Working Group 970, on July 27, the Team went to directly survey factories, production, processing, packaging and slaughtering facilities in southern localities and then on July 29. and July 31, the Working Group held two online forums to connect supply and demand for crop, livestock and aquaculture products in the context of COVID-19.
Through surveys and information from localities and production enterprises, the processing of agricultural and aquatic products and slaughtering livestock and poultry is still facing many difficulties in terms of labor force to harvest, to implement “3 on the spot” in the production and transportation of raw materials for cultivation, husbandry and aquaculture.
In particular, the fact that Ho Chi Minh City and many southern provinces and cities continue to extend the distance according to Directive 16 to prevent and control the epidemic, which is likely to cause some problems that directly affect agricultural production. farming, harvesting and processing agricultural products to serve domestic and export needs. In which, the southern provinces are in the period of harvesting many key agricultural products such as: summer-autumn rice of nearly 1 million hectares with about 5.5 million tons of rice; monthly harvest about 640 thousand tons of fruits and about 500-600 thousand tons of vegetables, tubers and fruits; producing about 141 thousand tons of pigs, 55 thousand tons of chickens and 550 million eggs of poultry… However, the biggest difficulty now is to ensure output for agricultural and aquatic products.
In addition, the Working Group 970 of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development coordinated with the Working Group 970 of the Ministry of National Defense to mobilize and donate 1,000 food and essential food portions for 1,000 workers in a week. Employees and workers face difficulties in the COVID-19 blockade area in Thu Duc city, Ho Chi Minh City. In the next two weeks, it will continue to donate 9,000 portions of food and essential food to difficult workers living in hostels in Ho Chi Minh City.