Conference discusses removal of technical obstacles for consumption of agricultural products

Thursday, 2021-06-03 16:18:32
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NDO – The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development held a conference to discuss measures to remove technical obstacles for the consumption of agricultural products amidst COVID-19 pandemic.

The conference aimed to seek appropriate measures for the new situation and agree on an effective method to support businesses in achieving more results in terms of their economic development.

Since the beginning of the year, the consumption of agricultural products has faced difficulties, in regard to specific items, due to both objective and subjective causes.

In the domestic market, domestic poultry meat consumption is currently seeing low prices while the price of animal feed increases, making it difficult for farmers.

In addition, congestion in the circulation of goods due to the COVID-19 epidemic in early 2021 made large amounts of vegetables harvested during the winter crop in Hai Duong, Hung Yen, Vinh Phuc and suburban districts of Hanoi partially redundant.

In term of the export market, agricultural products face technical barriers, even in markets with large export turnover such as China, who are applying measures to control imported frozen goods due to concerns about the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

At the conference, the delegates focused on discussing and proposing key solutions related to animal and plant quarantine procedures, food hygiene and safety issues, regulations on packaging, recording labels and traceability for exported agricultural products; and solving difficulties for enterprises' consumption of agricultural products when localities apply enhanced measures to combat the COVID-19 epidemic.

In addition, it is crucial to open up the market and provide information on trade barriers in specific import markets as well as facilitating the process of animal and plant quarantine, inspection of food hygiene and safety for enterprises trading agricultural products, added the participants.