The seminar was attended by 300 representatives from the Research Institute of Agriculture and Forestry, other academies and schools and Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan.
According to the General Office of Statistics (GOS), rural areas are now running short of workers for the agro-forestry and aquatic product processing sector.
In order to meet the human resource needs of this sector, Vietnam needs an annual minimum of between 1,300-1,500 people with a higher education level, 4,000-5,000 people with junior college and professional intermediate levels and 6,500-7,500 technical workers.
Mr Nhan said that the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Ministry of Education and Training should conduct a survey on the shortage of human resources for this sector from which an effective solution can be devised to train more workers at universities, colleges and vocational training schools.
In addition, such schools should coordinate with businesses and employment centres to seek jobs for graduates.
According to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Cao Duc Phat, from now till 2015, Vietnam should focus on training high-quality human resources for a number of highly-competitive sectors in both home and international markets such as, rice growing, fruits and vegetables, coffee, rubber, wood, and meat and seafood processing.
The workforce for such sectors should be trained on a professional and practical basis so that they can well manage or turn out highly competitive products on the home and international market, Mr Phat noted.