By Thanh An – Translated by Anh Quan
King tightens his control of the colonies
Vice director of Hà Nội’s Agriculture and Rural Development Tạ Văn Tường talks to Hà Nội Mới (New Hà Nội) newspaper about food safety management amid the COVID-19 pandemic
What has been done in Hà Nội to control the quality of food and particularly farming products to ensure food safety for consumers during special contexts like the COVID-19 pandemic?
Ensuring food safety is the responsibility of sectors and localities including the agriculture sector. To control the quality of food and particularly farming products from farms to markets, Hà Nội’s agriculture sector has been tightening control food quality with a focus on fresh products.
Last year, the agriculture department examined more than 6,000 samples of farming products for tests and found 335 of them failed to meet food safety regulations. As a result, up to 25 tonnes of unsafe food was ruined.
Besides, agencies under the department implemented programmes to support agricultural production and expand safe food supply chains. Hà Nội has concentrated cultivation areas that meet food safety regulations including more than 5,000ha of safe vegetables, over 1,300ha of fruits and teas, 182ha of aquaculture products and 88 pig farms that apply VietGAP standards.
Organic agriculture production is carried out on nearly 40ha. The city also has 164 high-tech agriculture production models and 141 food safety supply chains with nearly 9,500 products included in origin traceability systems.
What difficulties do you have in managing food safety in the city?
Hà Nội’s agriculture production areas have not applied standard productions like VietGAP, ISO or GlobalGAP, resulting in uncertificated quality of the farming products and a modest rate of products’ origin traceability. Many agriculture products are not processed, labelled or uncertificated, which results in unstable prices. There are 17,598 farming units in the city but most of them operate on a small scale and are located in residential areas. The delay in slaughterhouse planning also causes difficulties in controlling food quality, particularly in the processing stage.
What will you do to control food quality from farms to table this year?
We are implementing synchronised measures to boost production and consumption as well as developing food safety production areas. By the end of this year, we hope to increase the number of safe food supply chains by 20 per cent.
Agriculture agencies will also tighten inspections and post-inspection over farming producing and trading units and strictly crack down upon violations relating to food safety.
The agencies will work with local authorities to implement measures to reduce small-sized slaughterhouses and those failing to meet hygienic or animal health regulations.
We will also try to better manage the production, trade and use of plant protection products, medicines for animals, fertiliser and animal feeds.
We will continue developing farming products’ origin traceability system and publish relevant information at hn.check.net.vn . We will pay more attention to managing and supporting online trade for safe farming products.
The agriculture department plans to boost communication and information campaigns, calling on organisation and individuals to ensure food safety and public health. VNS
The Hanoitimes – Hanoi will tighten cooperation with Singapore in various fields to promote the two countries’ good relationship.
Singapore stands ready to share experiences in smart city and greenery development with Hanoi.
Singaporean Ambassador to Vietnam Catherine Wong Siow Ping made the statement at the meeting with Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee Vuong Dinh Hue on January 19.
Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee Vuong Dinh Hue receives Singapore Ambassador Catherine Wong Siow Ping. Photo: Thanh Hai
The ambassador said that since Vietnam and Singapore have put the Covid-19 pandemic under control, the two countries have cooperated and shared experiences in preventing the pandemic while pushing forward socio-economic development.
Ambassador Catherine Wong Siow Ping noted that despite the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, Singapore is still Vietnam’s largest investor, which proves the faith of Singaporean investors in Vietnam and that they will continue to invest in creative industries in the country.
Congratulating the ambassador for successfully completing her term in Vietnam, Mr. Hue expressed his delight at the good relationship between Vietnam and Singapore, especially in trade exchange, investment cooperation and tourism.
Hanoi has cooperated with Singapore in a number of fields, including cultural exchange, smart city building, and urban greenery development, among others, the municipal party chief said.
“The achievements in the relations of the two countries in the past are due in part to the important contributions of the Singapore Embassy and Ambassador Wong Siow Ping,” Mr. Hue said.
Briefing the ambassador on some outstanding results in the city’s socio-political performance in 2020, the municipal Party chief expressed his wish that Hanoi would keep cooperating with Singapore in various fields to contribute to promoting the two countries’ good relationship.
Welcoming the proposals of Ambassador Catherine Wong Siow Ping, Party Secretary Vuong Dinh Hue wished the Ambassador will continue to be a bridge to promote the strategic partnership between the two countries.