An Giang Acts For Green Growth Goals

– Green growth not only brings economic benefits but also aims to restore and conserve natural ecosystems. Notably, green growth is an important aspect ensuring effective and sustainable economic development, contributing to climate change mitigation efforts.

Creating Breakthroughs in Economic Development

Recognizing that green growth contributes to restructuring the economy associated with renewing the growth model and enhancing competitiveness, An Giang, an agricultural province known for its exports of rice, seafood, and vegetables, has implemented a comprehensive set of solutions in recent years to develop its economy in a green and sustainable direction.

In the agricultural sector, the province is gradually meeting the market demand for organic and green production models according to the circular economy of demanding markets. For example, An Giang’s fruits and vegetables are exported by An Giang Fruits and Vegetables Food Joint Stock Company (Antesco) to various countries, including difficult markets.

Nguyen Hoang Minh, General Director of Antesco, shared: “Currently, Antesco has established a stable export market in Asia, Europe, and North America. Antesco ranks among the top in frozen agricultural exports, with products such as baby corn, soybeans, mangoes, and dragon fruit. These are the four leading export items of Vietnam, with Antesco competing fiercely with Thailand in the South American market for soybeans, baby corn, and mangoes.”

Various sectors and localities are implementing solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emission intensity and promote the use of clean and renewable energy. These include greening production, using resources efficiently and effectively, encouraging the development of green technology, and green agriculture. Additionally, they are promoting a green lifestyle and sustainable consumption, blending traditional values with modern, civilized means.

Nguyen Si Lam, Director of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD), stated that An Giang is restructuring agriculture in line with new growth models and building new rural areas (NRA) to create breakthroughs in modern, sustainable agriculture development. This aims to increase added value, efficiency, competitiveness, and adaptation to climate change and green growth, in line with An Giang’s planning period from 2021 to 2030, with a vision to 2050.

In crop production, An Giang is oriented towards organic and sustainable development, focusing on key areas of intensive rice, vegetable, and fruit production. The province organizes cooperation and links production along the value chain, from production and processing to consumption.

An Giang also effectively participates in the project for sustainable production of 1 million hectares of high-quality, low-emission rice linked to green growth in the Mekong Delta region of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. This aims to enhance economic efficiency for farmers and create safe, environmentally friendly products.

“To promote exports and meet increasingly stringent international standards, the provincial agricultural sector has made significant efforts, implementing flexible solutions and shifting from ‘agricultural production’ to ‘agricultural economy’ to overcome challenges. We are gradually shifting from extensive to intensive production.

A highlight is the application of high technology in production processes in key specialized areas linked with major investors. We are strengthening the application of science and technology, mechanization, and applying technical standards to the province’s main products. This includes granting planting area codes and traceability,” shared Nguyen Si Lam.

At the beginning of 2024, DARD will coordinate with Cho Moi district to organize a ceremony to announce the export of 20 tons of seedless mango to the US, Korea, and Australia. An Phu district will also organize a ceremony to announce the export of 18 tons of Keo mango to Korea.

Nguyen Thi Minh Thuy, Vice Chairman of An Giang Provincial People’s Committee, emphasized: “An Giang is one of the leading provinces in the Mekong Delta in the production of commercial vegetables and various fruits. Mango, with high economic value, is a key crop that An Giang has strongly oriented for transformation, contributing positively to the province’s agricultural growth. Currently, the total mango cultivation area in the province exceeds 12,600 hectares, with an annual output of over 225,000 tons.

Cho Moi district has the largest mango cultivation area in the province, with 6,400 hectares, accounting for more than 50% of the province’s total mango area. Thanks to the application of scientific and technical advancements in production, Cho Moi now has 704 hectares of mango produced according to VietGAP standards, with 41 planting area codes covering nearly 6,200 hectares, and has exported to markets such as China, the US, Korea, Japan, and Australia.”

Alongside developing production towards “green” methods, An Giang continues to build NRAs into “desirable rural areas.” Currently, the province has 76/110 NRA communes (over 69% of the total communes), 34/76 advanced NRA communes (44.73%), 2/24 model NRA communes (5.8%), and 3/11 district-level units achieving NRA standards or completing NRA tasks, exceeding the targets set by the Central Government. The process of building NRAs in the province is linked with constructing “ecological agriculture, modern countryside, and civilized farmers.”

“Implementing the national target program for building NRAs, Cho Moi district has promoted the role of the people, advancing the campaign ‘All people unite to build NRA and civilized urban areas.’ This has had a positive impact, creating a strong shift in awareness and action among the people, who actively respond to the district party’s campaign to build bridges, roads, and houses. Additionally, farmers are actively shifting the structure of crops and livestock, applying technical advances in production, contributing to increased income,” shared Cu Minh Trong, Chairman of Cho Moi District People’s Committee.

Green growth contributes to promoting economic restructuring associated with renewing the growth model and enhancing competitiveness. Green growth is an important method for achieving sustainable development, directly contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and aiming towards a carbon-neutral economy in the long term.

More Decisive Actions

According to Le Van Phuoc, Vice Chairman of the An Giang Provincial People’s Committee, the province’s actions towards green growth from now until 2030 identify green growth as a mission for the entire political system, the people, the business community, and relevant organizations. This effort is driven by a spirit of innovation, creativity, and the aspiration for national prosperity.

The province aims to invest in advanced technology, digital transformation, and sustainable and smart infrastructure. It seeks to motivate private investment to play an increasingly important role in the green economy. This development should harmonize economic-social development and environmental protection, meeting the current generation’s needs without compromising future generations.

“Green growth centers on humans, helping to minimize their vulnerability to climate change; it encourages responsible living of each individual towards the community and society, guiding future generations towards a green living culture, and forming a civilized, modern society in harmony with nature and the environment,” emphasized Vice Chairman Le Van Phuoc.

To promote economic restructuring associated with renewing the growth model, achieving economic prosperity, environmental sustainability, and social equity, An Giang aims for a green, carbon-neutral economy contributing to limiting global temperature rise.

To reduce greenhouse gas emission intensity, the province strives for efficient energy use. It focuses on smart agriculture to reduce emissions through measures like applying crop management solutions and technologies in cultivation. The province will protect existing natural forests and expand sustainable forest management models (forest protection and afforestation). Waste management and the application of high technology in industry are also key areas.

An Giang is building a green lifestyle combined with traditional values to create a high-quality life in harmony with nature. Urbanization efforts include continued development of new rural areas (NRA), urban solid waste collection and treatment to meet standards, urban wastewater collection and treatment to meet standards, and ensuring that most residents have access to clean water.

To achieve these goals, An Giang is developing and perfecting institutions and policies, enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency of state management linked with green growth targets. This includes integrating green growth into economic-social development strategies, plans, and sectoral plans appropriate to the actual situation. The province is strengthening water resource management, land resource management, and biodiversity conservation; ensuring water security and effective use of national water resources; and enhancing the protection and restoration of natural ecosystems and biodiversity conservation.

The province is intensifying propaganda and mobilizing efforts to change perceptions, behaviors, and ethics concerning green production, consumption, and living practices. Green growth content is also being integrated into educational and training activities at all levels. Knowledge and management skills related to green growth are being enhanced. Financial resources are being mobilized, and investment in green growth is being promoted, based on science, technology, and innovation.

The development of the transportation system and logistics infrastructure is being directed towards green goals, ensuring consistency with the objectives of the logistics service industry. Technologies for waste treatment and recycling are being applied to convert waste into resources, production materials, and energy recovery to protect the environment and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Air quality management is being strengthened, along with the capacity for air quality monitoring and supervision.

“The province’s agricultural sector is gradually developing modern agriculture, clean agriculture, and sustainable organic agriculture, enhancing the quality, added value, and competitiveness of agricultural production by adjusting and transforming the structure of livestock, crops, forestry, and aquaculture. At the same time, it is applying processes and technologies that efficiently and effectively use seeds, feed, agricultural materials, and natural resources. The province’s agricultural production is appropriately transitioning, creating added value for agricultural products and enabling farmers to benefit from selling carbon credits,” said Nguyen Si Lam, Director of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.



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