PM suggests agriculture triangle for Lam Dong development model

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has advised the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong province to pursue a development model that focuses on the three pillars of clean high-tech farming, farm produce processing, and agritourism.

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc speaks at the working session with Lam Dong leaders in Da Lat city on July 30. (Photo: VGP)
PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc speaks at the working session with Lam Dong leaders in Da Lat city on July 30. (Photo: VGP)

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He presented his advice at a meeting with local authorities on July 30, the second of its kind over the past two years.

As reported at the function, following the two-year implementation of a special mechanism directed by the PM’s decision, Lam Dong has made public a list of 27 realty investment projects as well as announced two new high-tech agricultural zones in Lac Duong and Duc Trong districts.

It also secured eight memoranda of understanding on cooperation with businesses, investors, and credit institutions regarding investment in Da Lat city, with the total value of these pacts amounting to over VND48 trillion (over US$2 billion).

Addressing the meeting, PM Phuc said with its economic scale accounting for 1.4% of the nation, Lam Dong is thriving as a growth pillar of the Central and Central Highlands region in terms of growth, with an annual income per capita of VND55 million (US$2,370).

He praised both the promotion of local tourism and agricultural development, which is based on value chains. In particular, he applauded the formation of safe farm produce chains and trademark buildings for local specialties such as flowers.

He recommended Lam Dong encourage the growth of the processing industry to reduce raw material exports for better economic benefits.

PM Phuc asked the province to address its tourism shortcomings through better selection of investors and crackdowns on fake tourism products in Da Lat. Increased efforts to push up the duration of tourists’ stay and their spending are also needed, he noted.

The top leader also told local leaders to pay attention to business climate improvement, poverty reduction, and technological application, as well as boosting its educational standards to meet the nation’s and increasing its rate of urbanisation and clean water use.