President encourages Ben Tre to focus on developing agriculture

The Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre should focus on developing exports and industrial and agricultural production. Among them, local authorities should be interested in agriculture, which is its strong point accounting for 52 percent of the province’s economy, President Nguyen Minh Triet said on his visit to Ben Tre July 29.

President Nguyen Minh Triet (L) visits people in Mo Cay Bac District in Ben Tre Province

He stressed that the provincial government must encourage peasants to join hands to produce quality products to meet Global Good Agricultural Practice (GLOBALGAP) requirements and export standards.

The authorities should also enlarge the area of cacao tree from 4,000 hectares to 10,000 by 2010 and building the brand of Ben Tre cacao tree.

Regarding coconut trees, which are a symbol of Ben Tre and has nearly 46,000 hectares under the fruit, the province has more than 100 candy businesses that provide thousands of jobs, bringing in US$30 million every year, and needs developing further, he added.

The President visited and offered gifts to people receiving social welfare in Mo Cay Bac District, Cai Mon church in Cho Lach Dictrict and Nguyen Van Cong’s flower garden in Hung Khanh Trung B Ward.

President Triet earlier visited workers who are building Ham Luong Bridge linking Ben Tre Town to other districts, including Mo Cay, Thanh Phu and Cho Lach.

Source: VNA, translated by Kim Khanh

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