The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development recently hosted the sixth National Farmers ‘Forum on “Farmers with Agricultural Digital Transformation” in collaboration with the Vietnam Farmers’ Union (VFU). Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Phung Duc Tien said at the event that the land now owns 4.1 million hectares for agricultural production. Vietnam earns over $ 40 billion annually from agro-forestry fishery exports to 180 countries and territories. Data from this must be digitized in order to serve production and value chains and to help farmers adapt to the digital age.
According to a news report, VFU Central Committee Chairman Luong Quoc Doan said digital transformation has become a mandatory requirement for every country, sector and person amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As the backbone of the economy, digital transformation in agriculture will be one of the critical factors to help farmers, farms, cooperatives and businesses. It will improve their productivity and quality, optimize production, reduce costs and increase profits, thus contributing to the success of the national digital transformation.
The vice chairman of the Bac Giang Provincial People’s Committee noted that over 8,000 tons of lychees have entered the hands of consumers at home and abroad through e-commerce sites. The province also encouraged businesses and cooperatives to open booths on domestic e-commerce sites and successfully held conference calls with 30 locations both domestically and abroad to encourage lychee consumption, he said. Vietnam has taken the first steps towards digitizing agriculture.
According to a survey of over 130 rice, fruit, coffee and vegetable farmers, 42% of them intend to switch to digital farming. Today, 89% of Vietnamese citizens use cell phones and 68% of them use smartphones, which gives farmers great opportunities to apply advanced agricultural technologies.
Earlier this year, the Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) approved an e-commerce plan to boost agricultural product sales and accelerate distribution to avoid traffic jams during the harvest season. It aimed to keep agricultural product prices stable and to eliminate middlemen. Two locations, Postmart and Vo So, have been commissioned to offer agricultural products for sale. Farmers are trained in digital skills. You learn to operate in a digital environment; how to register accounts to display products on the websites; and how to register online payment accounts and implement the packaging, connection and delivery process.
In August, MIC unveiled a plan to put farm households on e-commerce sites. Farm households are supported in accessing e-commerce sites to network, advertise and showcase their products. This will help them to open up new sales channels and to expand into national and international markets. Vietnam has nine million agricultural households and four million private business households. All households will be brought to e-commerce sites and this will be the first breakthrough in the development of digital agriculture.
As reported by OpenGov Asia, e-commerce sites and digital platforms provide farm households with useful information on farm produce markets, forecast demand and production capacity, weather forecasts, and the supply of seeds and fertilizers. High-quality raw materials and tools for agricultural production are presented to the farmers via the platforms. In total, MIC will place 12-13 million farms and private business households on e-commerce sites. It should reach five million households by the end of the year.