Vietnam plans to spend VND1.5trillion (US$75 million) to improve the management of quality standards of agricultural and forest products during the period 2011-2015.
A farmer waters cabbages at a farm in Ho Chi Minh City (Photo: SGGP)
Under a project approved by the Prime Minister, the country will consolidate state-run organizations that monitor quality and safety of agricultural and forest products, as well as seafood and salt, to follow a consistent management of farm produce, from source to consumer.
Agencies established at some localities will advise, test and certify production process and quality of agricultural and forest products and seafood.
The technical facilities of management organizations will be upgraded to state-of-the-art standards.
Some experiment and verification labs will be built by 2015, meeting with regional standards. These labs will follow the ASEAN experiment and verification system.