Digital transformation – a way out for the struggling agricultural sector | Business

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Hanoi (VNA) – Rapid digital transformation is seen as the best way for Vietnam’s agricultural sector to overcome the difficulties of recovery and development in the post-pandemic period, thus affirming its role as a key pillar of the economy, according to experts.

Amid the challenges of climate change, market fluctuations and changes in consumption trends, the sector is bound to increase the proportion of digital farming in the economy.

Meanwhile, the data-driven digital transformation in agriculture and farm management is expected to help drive the growth of the sector through better market forecasting and planning.

Vice Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son said that in the face of the adverse effects of COVID-19, enterprises and farmers are fully aware of stepping up the application of smart and digital technologies to maintain production stability. and supply of agricultural products, thus preparing for post-pandemic recovery and sustainable development. development.

Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Le Minh Hoan said that in addition to optimizing local benefits and resources for the development of multiple-value agriculture and brand building, Vietnam should build a data system and make its agricultural data and information more transparent to reach more markets and create a new breakthrough for the sector.

Many experts have stated that in addition to the negative impacts, COVID-19[female[feminine has also enabled Vietnam’s agricultural sector to accelerate stronger digital transformation and write its name in the international agricultural supply chain.

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David John Whitehead of the Australian Business Association in Vietnam (Auscham) said Australians are very open to Vietnamese agricultural products, which means the chances of Vietnam exporting more agricultural products to the market are high.

Currently, Vietnamese agricultural products are exported to many difficult markets, and the Australian market is similar. However, for Australian consumers, Vietnamese manufacturers need to create their own brand, with guaranteed quality, in order to gain consumer confidence that Vietnamese products are safe and of high quality, according to Whitehead.

In order to increase exports of key agricultural products, closer coordination between ministries, sectors and localities to strengthen digital transformation and trade promotion as well as market connection is crucial.

However, many experts pointed to the need for Vietnam to focus more on preparing high-quality human resources.

Associate Professor Tran Dang Xuan of Hiroshima University in Japan said many Vietnamese farmers are still hesitant to renew their cultivation practices and approach new farming techniques.

He stressed the need for the government to focus more on the development of digital agriculture, while strengthening communications among farmers to help them understand the benefits of the process and equipping them with more knowledge and skills to carry out online transactions./.

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Lana T. Arthur