THE GOVERNMENT

Decree No. 35/2015/ND-CP dated April 13, 2015 of the Government on management and use of paddy land
Pursuant to the Law on Government organization dated December 25, 2001;
Pursuant to the Law on Land dated November 29, 2013;
Pursuant to the Resolution No. 17/2011/QH13 dated November 22, 2011 of National Assembly, Session XIII on land-use planning till 2020 and land-use planning in five-year period (2011 – 2015) at national level;
At the request of the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development,
The Government promulgates the Decree on management and use of paddy land.
Chapter I
GENERAL PROVISIONS
Article 1. Scope of adjustment
This Decree regulates management and effective use of paddy land; policies supporting rice cultivation for protection and development of paddy land across the country.
Article 2. Subject of application
Agencies, organizations, households and individuals at home, organizations and individuals abroad concerning management and use of paddy land;
Article 3. Interpretation of terms
In this Decree, some terms are construed as follows:
1. Paddy land means the land that is suitable for rice cultivation including land for growing wet rice and other types of rice.
2. Wet rice land means the land that yields from two crops of wet rice and over in a year.
3. Land for growing other types of rice includes other types of wet rice land and land for growing upland rice.
4. Land for growing the remaining wet rice means the land that is suitable for only one crop of wet rice in a year.
5. Pollution to paddy land means activities of injecting into the land toxins, harmful microorganisms and parasites that cause changes to structures and components of land, adversely affect rice production and quality, health of human beings, animals and environment.
6. Degradation to paddy land means activities causing sheet erosion, silting, aridification, salinization, acidification, aluming to the land making it less fertile and lose balance of nutrients that result in productivity reduction.
7. Distortion of paddy land surface means activities that cause changes to surface of paddy field making it uneven in structure, components of nutrients and in microorganism system and impossible for growing rice.
8. Annual plant means a plant that is sown, harvested and completes its cycle of production within one year, including annual plants with roots retained for harvesting not exceeding five years.