Agriculture minister explains new regulations to US firms

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong explained several new regulations regarding agriculture during a working session with Michael Michalak, senior vice president of the US-ASEAN Business Council.

At the session in Hà Nội on Wednesday, a representative from the US’s Cargill Corporation expressed concerns that the ban of the use of several kinds of antibiotics for growth stimulation in animal husbandry as specified in Circular 06/2016/TT-BNNPTNT is likely to hinder growth of the sector.

Minister Cường said the abuse of antibiotics in both humans and livestock is posing a rising threat of drug resistance, hence the need for a legal framework to prevent it. He added that Việt Nam would work with related firms in this matter, with a view to choosing a comprehensive solution for animal husbandry rather than using antibiotics.

Discussing the new regulation coming into effect from April 2017 that requires the spraying of chemicals on distiller’s dried grains (DDGS) from the United States before being exported to Việt Nam, the minister said it was normal that the two sides proposed different chemicals to be used in the procedure.

He said he would direct the Plant Protection Department to work closely with related businesses to seek an effective solution acceptable to both sides.

Referring to the halted registration of imported plant protection drugs, especially those for rice, Cường said Việt Nam is shifting to eco-friendly fertilisers, particularly organic and micro-organic ones, together with technological application in production.

Việt Nam is paying attention to environment protection and needs to review such processes for better control, he said.

The minister welcomed Microsoft’s intention to co-operate with the ministry’s Department of Science and Technology, especially amid the fourth industrial revolution taking place globally. He instructed the Department of Science and Technology and the Department of International Co-operation to discuss the co-operation in detail with the US group.

Michael Michalak, on his part, thanked Cường for his response to US businesses’ questions and proposals, noting that the best way to address the problems is to create a framework for Vietnamese and US experts to work together. — VNS

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