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Vietnam Transforming Rural Landscapes with Technology

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The landscape of Bac Giang province in Northern Vietnam is set for a digital overhaul as it gears up for a significant transformation in its agricultural and rural sectors. Under the directive of Duong Thanh Tung, Director of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the province is steering its focus towards a digital revolution that will shape the future of agriculture until 2025.

The ambitious plan revolves around establishing an intricate data ecosystem encompassing land, crops, livestock, and fisheries. At the heart of this initiative lies the digitalisation of data on concentrated agricultural production areas. This digital footprint, coupled with an electronic diary system, is poised to revolutionise product traceability, enabling efficient origin tracking and the issuance of vital codes for planting areas, packaging facilities, and farm identification.

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Over the coming years, Bac Giang aims to empower farming households dealing in key agricultural and One Commune One Product (OCOP) goods by facilitating their integration into e-commerce platforms. Support initiatives will include aiding these households in creating comprehensive accounts showcasing their products, complete with crucial details such as pricing, adherence to quality standards like Global Good Agricultural Practices (GlobalGAP) and Vietnamese Good Agricultural Practice (VietGAP) and ensuring transparency in production methodologies.

Bac Giang Province has embarked on a comprehensive rural revitalisation plan in conjunction with an ambitious digital transformation agenda. Until 2025, the province is set to prioritise the development of state-of-the-art rural communities and villages, leveraging smart technology integration and emphasising tourism growth to uplift living standards and augment the income of its residents, as highlighted by the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

The province’s roadmap for 2025 also outlines a concerted effort towards bolstering smart agriculture and precision farming, with a target of allocating at least 15% of the economy to digital agriculture. Blockchain technology will be harnessed to trace product origins, while a dedicated monitoring centre for forest management will take shape within the province.

Bac Giang’s strides in digitalisation aren’t confined to theoretical planning but have already materialised in practical applications. The integration of digital technology has birthed smart village and nature-based agriculture models, laying the groundwork for a digitally-infused agricultural landscape. Additionally, businesses and cooperatives in the agricultural domain are being actively supported in their digital transformation journey.

Notable milestones in Bac Giang’s tech-driven agricultural sector include the utilisation of drones for tasks such as sowing seeds and pesticide spraying in rice and lychee fields. Advanced digital transformation models have been deployed across various localities, such as the Biofloc technology in intensive fish farming and drone-based pest control in rice and lychee cultivation, all in alignment with stringent quality standards.

In livestock management, the province has embraced the Vietnam Animal Health Information System (VAHIS), integrating information technology for disease management. Meanwhile, in fisheries, Bac Giang’s embrace of automation technology, integrating sensors, environmental measurement devices, and remote monitoring systems, signifies a futuristic approach to fisheries management.

The recent completion of comprehensive livestock and fisheries production databases in multiple districts and the continued updates to irrigation databases further reinforce Bac Giang’s commitment to digitalisation. The province’s initiatives in digital mapping of production areas and the introduction of planting area codes underscore its forward-thinking approach to agricultural innovation.

Bac Giang’s journey towards technological integration in agriculture stands as a testament to its commitment to not only modernise its rural landscapes but also ensure sustainable, high-quality agricultural practices. As this digital revolution continues to unfold, Bac Giang province emerges as a beacon of innovation in Vietnam’s agricultural landscape, paving the way for a technologically empowered future.

Vietnam’s Bac Giang province prioritises technology and digital transformation for smart new-style rural areas, aiming to process document-based tasks online and meet IT requirements at all levels to better serve citizens.

OpenGov Asia reported on Bac Giang’s strategy to enhance digital transformation and the implementation of technology to develop new-style rural areas. In addition to fostering rural economic growth and reducing the disparity between rural and urban regions, the objective of the plan is to establish smart new-style rural areas.

The designation of a new-style rural commune in Bac Giang province is contingent upon meeting a comprehensive set of 19 criteria across various domains. These criteria encompass planning, socio-economic infrastructure, economy and production, socio-culture, and environment. Each region has specific requirements tailored to its unique characteristics.

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