Under the scheme, the local rice sector will boost restructuring, meet domestic consumption demand, constantly ensure national food security, improve the quality and nutritional value of products, and establish.
Furthermore, restructuring operations will aim to adapt to and mitigate climate change, whilst making use of natural resources in an effective manner, protecting the environment, increasing farmer income, and exporting high-quality rice.
With regards to rice exports, the sector has set the aim of exporting five million tonnes of rice by 2025 and four million tonnes by 2030, of which fragrant, specialty and japonica rice will account for the largest proportion with 40% and 45%, respectively.
Most notably, despite the rice export volume enduring a downward trajectory, the quality and price of rice has significantly improved in recent times.
According to experts, to take full advantage of free trade agreements (FTAs) such as the EU-Vietnam FTA (EVFTA), the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), and the UK-Vietnam FTA (UKVFTA), the rice sector will be required to improve product quality to meet the stringent requirements of importers.
They also emphasised the necessity of developing rice farming areas that grow high-quality rice varieties, with a specific focus on boosting connectivity among production, consumption, and export, whilst strictly controlling the maximum limit of pesticide residue and origin traceability.
The sector has been advised to apply preservation and processing technologies in the post-harvest period to churn out high-quality products that are in line with food hygiene and safety regulations.