Sunday, February 21, 2021, 21:21 (GMT+7)
MARD improves the quality of defence work

Thoroughly grasping the Party's lines on building an all-people defence and defence work at central ministries, branches, and localities and performing the assigned central political tasks, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has been attaching great importance to improving the quality of defence work to meet the requirements and tasks in the new situation.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) is a Governmental agency performing the functions of multi-sectoral state management in agriculture, forestry, fisheries, irrigation, natural disaster prevention and control, and rural development, that makes an important contribution to ensuring life for nearly 67% of the country's population. The Ministry’s subordinates are organised and located in different localities, including remote, border, and island areas.

Signing ceremony of coordination regulations between the Boder Guard Command and MARD's General Department of Forestry

Facing the Covid-19 pandemic’s complicated developments, world economic and trade’s rapid and unpredictable changes, and Vietnam's participation in major regional and international trade agreements which not only created several opportunities but also posed difficulties and challenges to the agricultural sector; domestically, besides advantages, agriculture continues facing difficulties, especially climate change. Meanwhile, natural disasters, droughts, and saline intrusion continue to have negative impacts. Moreover, diseases in humans, plants, and animals also represent potential challenges, of which the Covid-19 pandemic takes a long time to handle, etc. In such conditions, it is required that the whole sector should both promptly develop immediate responsive solutions and actively have long-term strategies for production and business development. For the defence work, the Ministry should focus on leading and directing subordinate agencies and units to well implement the main contents as follows:

Firstly, to promote the core role of military agencies at all levels in advising and organising the implementation of defence work. Accordingly, the Ministry should regularly consolidate the agencies and officials in charge of defence and military work, and commanders of self-defence forces at all levels to ensure sufficient quantity, high quality, reasonable structure, and appropriate components. It is also required to strictly maintain operation regulations, briefings, reports, assignment, and decentralisation of specific responsibilities for each member. The Ministry’s Military Command should advise the Ministry’s Party Affairs Committee and the Ministry's leaders to promulgate documents, resolutions, directives, programs, and plans to lead, direct, and guide the implementation of defence work in line with the practical situation, particularly developing the regulations for coordination with the Ministry of National Defence in the 2021 – 2025 period. On that basis, the Ministry should direct and guide the subordinate units to develop, review and amend the plans and regulations for effective coordination with the local military agencies and the Ministry of National Defence’s relevant units. It should also continue strictly implementing and closely coordinating with the Ministry of Defence in developing and implementing relevant agricultural and rural development planning, plans, schemes, programs, and projects, especially those in strategic regions, including the Northwest, Central Highlands, and South West.

Secondly, to well implement the education and fostering of defence and security knowledge for objects. In thoroughly grasping and strictly implementing Directive No.12-CT/TW issued on May 3, 2007 by the Politburo (10th tenure) on strengthening the Party's leadership in defence and security education in the new situation, the Ministry’s Military Command should direct the subordinate units to review and classify officials, Party members, civil servants, public employees, and workers to select objects 1 and 2 for annual defence and security knowledge fostering at the higher levels and develop plans self-fostering of objects 3 and 4. Thereby, the awareness and sense of responsibility of civil servants, public employees, and students, for defence and security duties in the new situation are enhanced.

Thirdly, to build a strong self-defence force that is capable of completing the assigned tasks. Pursuant to the Militia and Self-Defence Law and the guidance of the Department of Militia and Self-Defence - the General Staff of the Vietnam People's Army, the Ministry's Military Command should direct the subordinate units to review and consolidate the organisation and scale of the self-defence force to ensure a reasonable structure and composition, and high quality, with great importance attached to the political quality. Besides, it should strengthen the political and ideological education work to raise the sense of vigilance and responsibility for fulfilling the defence and military tasks. The Ministry’s military agencies at all levels should coordinate with local military agencies in conducting training to improve the level and capability of combat readiness and combat service to ensure that 100% of the self-defence forces can fluently use weapons and support tools equipped as well as grasp plans for coordination with local forces in handling defence and security situations and strictly maintain the duty order and regimes as prescribed to ensure the safety of agencies and units in all situations.

Finally, to closely combine the task of developing the agricultural sector with strengthening defence and security. In the process of leading and directing the development of the sector, the Ministry should continue combining the modern agricultural economic development to firmly ensure food security and building of the new, civilised, and prosperous countryside in association with building of a strong all-people defence and people's security and solid defence posture with development of the marine economy in association with the protection of sovereignty over sea and islands. It should organise the effective implementation of the Fatherland Front’s programs in the 2021 - 2025 period, the Program on the East Sea - islands, and programs, projects, and schemes concerning the development of the sector and defence work, especially inland border communes, islands, and coastal communes and protect and develop forests in association with forest fire prevention and fighting, natural disaster prevention, and control, and search and rescue. It should also coordinate with the Ministry of Defence and relevant agencies in studying and proposing plans and options for adjusting and re-arranging the population (especially free migrants) towards ensuring the balance of human resources for socio-economic development and defence and security consolidation, with priority given to important strategic, remote, border, and island areas. At the same time, it is necessary to strengthen the inspection and review of residential communities that are located in areas frequently threatened by natural disasters and potentially unsafe to propose the Government adjust policies, increase support investment, and implement measures to ensure the safety of people's lives and property both in the immediate and long term.

As ensuring human resources for branches and localities is an important task for stabilisation, socio-economic development, and consolidation of defence and security, the Ministry continues implementing the Scheme for Renovation and Improvement of Agricultural vocational training for rural workers in the 2021 - 2025 period, with the goal of agricultural vocational training for more than 1 million rural workers, of which 70% have certificates issued. Priority will be given to the training of workers at factories, raw material areas of enterprises, cooperatives, and farms and mobilising from 3,000 to 5,000 farms, enterprises, and cooperatives to directly participate in agricultural vocational training for rural workers. The Fisheries Surveillance Force continues to serve as solid support for fishermen in their offshore activities to both exploit seafood while asserting and firmly protecting the country’s sovereignty over the sea and islands country.

NGUYEN VAN VIET, Member of the Party Committee Standing Commission, Deputy Commander of the Military Command of MARD

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