The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) is a government ministry responsible for rural development and the governance, promotion and nurturing of agriculture and the agriculture industry, in Vietnam. The purview of the Ministry includes forestry, aquaculture, irrigation and the salt industry; it is also involved in water management and flood control.
The Ministry maintains 64 provincial department offices throughout Vietnam. The Ministry itself is located in Hanoi.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has been developed since 1987 by the combination of different government ministries: Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Food, combined to the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry in 1987; the subsequent addition of the Ministry of Forestry and the Ministry of Irrigation to form today's Ministry; as well as the addition of the Ministry of Fisheries in 2007. The Ministry was officially formed in 1995
Minister rejects industry request on footage exempt New Zealand
Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash is committed to achieve transparency in the fisheries management system, so he discarded a request from the fishing industry to exempt footage collected on boats, as the Official Information Act requires.