President Nguyen Minh Triet Saturday lauded the agricultural sector for playing the key role in maintaining economic stability amidst the global financial crisis.
Vietnamââ‚¬â„¢s economy has been developed on agriculture and the sector remains vitally important, with more than 60 percent of the population living in rural areas, Triet said.
He was speaking at the opening ceremony of the Tich Dien Festival in the northern province of Ha Nam, which marks a new year for farming.
President Triet and other government officials ploughed the first furrows for the Lunar New Year as a ritual of the festival.
The Tich Dien, or the Kingââ‚¬â„¢s Ploughing Festival, originated more than 1,000 years ago when King Le Dai Hanh (941- 1005) ploughed a field in Doi Son Commune, Duy Tien District, to encourage farmers to work diligently. During the festival farmers pray for bumper harvests and a prosperous year.
Ha Nam Province restored the festival for the first time last year and plans to organize the event annually.
Vietnamââ‚¬â„¢s agricultural sector posted growth of 1.9 percent in terms of value last year despite the global economic downturn, official statistics showed.