Agricultural sector to boost farm products’ safety

18:16 | 26/12/2014

VGP – Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat has affirmed that in 2015, agricultural sector will focus on ensuring food safety and hygiene.

Phat made the statement at a press briefing in Hanoi on December 25.

Though the sector has supply a great deal of food to meet local consumption and export demands, safety of several agricultural products is causing pressing issues in the society.

The most concern issue is pesticide residues in such farm products as vegetables, fruits and tea, which are consumed directly. Livestock products and seafood are still found with prohibited chemicals and antibiotics.

Tests on samples have showed that pesticide residues in vegetables account for 5-6%. The agricultural sector will focus on addressing this matter in the coming time.

Use of prohibited chemicals in production is considered as trade fraud and resulted from businesses’ marketing to farmers or farmers buy themselves.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will ask relevant agencies and inspectors to enhance examination over livestock slaughter units to detect violations and work with local authorities to communicate farmers about prohibited chemicals in livestock raising and aquaculture.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) will be resumed again in 2015 while plant protection workers will enhance their instructions to farmers to help them use pesticides properly and boost quality management over antibiotics and prohibited chemicals, Phat said.

The sector has asked relevant agencies specializing in breeding and veterinary to enhance control over prohibited chemicals to terminate their use in livestock raising and aquaculture.

                                                                                                            By Vien Nhu