Vietnamese agri experts claim that using machines to cultivate fruits in the country still has limitations and the harvesting stage is done mostly by hand. Vu Van Tien, deputy head of the department, recently said that mechanising the country’s fruit cultivation is focused on land preparation, tending, harvest, transportation and processing, and post-harvest preservation.
Mechanisation for land preparation is used on more than 90% of the country’s total fruit area and 70-80% for tending, he said. In the harvesting stage, most fruits are harvested manually, he said. To increase yield and quality, reduce labour and production costs, and enhance competitiveness, it is necessary to increase mechanisation in harvesting, he added.
Besides researching and using agricultural machines and facilities, the country should prioritise applying smart devices to manage information and data for agricultural production, according to participants at the seminar. It is also necessary to develop human resources for modern agricultural production, including workers who operate modern agricultural machines.