Minister Le Minh Hoan inspires students of Tra Vinh University to startup

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TVU – On June 20, the delegation of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development had a working session with the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Tra Vinh University, and agricultural enterprises and cooperatives in Tra Vinh province.

Minister Le Minh Hoan visited the embryo-cultured Makapuno garden in Luong Hoa commune, Chau Thanh district, Tra Vinh province. Photo: Minh Dam.

After the report, Minister Le Minh Hoan expressed his recognition of the efforts of the units in completing their working tasks, contributing to the change, transformation, and development of Tra Vinh’s agriculture industry. The Minister also shared about the production and development trends, especially the need to convert production thinking to agricultural economic thinking in the coming time.

At start-up businesses and cooperatives, the Minister said it was necessary to diversify and develop product brands to enhance value. According to the Minister, manufacturers should convey stories associated with people’s lives and local production besides product quality and design, thereby creating higher added value.

In particular, during the visit and working session at Tra Vinh University, Minister Le Minh Hoan spent more than an hour sharing with teachers and students inspirational stories to positively change their perspectives, ideas, and opinions in their life, study and work.

The Minister also visited the university’s student cooperative model on this occasion. According to the Minister, Tra Vinh University is the first institution in the Mekong Delta region and the whole country has a student cooperative.

From the story of the cooperative’s activities, the Minister reminded that: “Today, the cooperative is one of the economic components that help the economies of advanced countries such as Japan, Canada,… to be powerful.”

“The cooperative get people together, towards a common benefit, building common strength from individual strength. It creates the exponential power rather than the additive one.”, said the Minister. “Therefore, today’s cooperative economy has become an indispensable economic component.”

Through participating in cooperatives, the Minister expected that the students would boldly start a business, especially in the field of agriculture.

Minister Le Minh Hoan and the delegation worked at Xuan Thanh Cooperative (Chau Thanh, Tra Vinh): Photo: Minh Dam.

Recently, Tra Vinh University has made certain contributions to the startup movement of the province, typically participating in and supporting startup networks in universities and colleges in the Mekong Delta. In one of the inspirational stories for students, the Minister borrowed the verse “My dream crushes my life” by poet Che Lan Vien to explain and encourage students to overcome their fear, dare to cherish dreams, and be bold and confident to start a business.

Besides, the Minister sent a message to the school to be a startup space with lectures and textbooks on entrepreneurship in general and agricultural entrepreneurship in particular. Particularly in agricultural startups, the Minister said there was a great need for scientific research, innovation, and digital technology… These are the pillars for changing the “Nine Dragons” land.

According to the Minister, Tra Vinh University will be a place to train agricultural officers at district and commune levels and for community extension. This is also a place to contribute to spreading and realizing the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development strategy that the Minister initiated, which is the “intellectualization of farmers.”

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pham Tiet Khanh – Chairman of Tra Vinh University Council, introduced Minister Le Minh Hoan to the cooperative model established by university students. Photo: Minh Dam.

From the sharing of Minister Le Minh Hoan, Dr. Nguyen Minh Hoa – Rector of the university, said: “The shared stories inspired a lot of teachers and students that could change their attitudes or even their lives.”

With the Minister’s concerns about the intellectualization of farmers, Dr. Nguyen Minh Hoa added: “The university has now introduced the subject of Entrepreneurship. Soon, the school will study and introduce more subjects, including Agricultural Economics, Cooperatives, etc., as elective subjects for students to study startup in the future. The lecturers and students of the school will participate in the connection to support digital transformation in cooperatives, farmers, or support OCOP products”.

Recently, Tra Vinh University has also successfully carried out many ministerial-level projects, mainly sponsored by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, such as: Producing broodstock black tiger shrimp and breeding Makapuno by embryo culture method. In the coming time, Tra Vinh University also proposes to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to support in carrying out scientific research projects to meet the region’s needs, such as: Producing white leg shrimp broodstock, breeding Makapuno by embryo culture method. With these recommendations, Minister Le Minh Hoan said that the ministry would consider and balance the finance to support.

By My Nhien