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Prioritising Clean Agricultural Development

Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2012


Despite numerous difficulties arising from global economic downturn, unfavourable weather, natural disasters, and epidemics in 2011, the agricultural sector of Dong Thap province achieved a lot of important results. Notably, rice output set a record high and crop restructuring was very successful.
High Productivity
In 2011, basic norms of agricultural production met preset plans. Rice production reached 3.1 million tonnes, the highest ever. Tra catfish output approximated 350,000 tonnes. The province had 5.2 million fowls, 18,000 cows, 1,671 buffalos and 281,000 pigs.
 
As hi-tech agriculture is becoming more popular, the province has organised many technical training courses and applied modern agricultural models like modern fields, urban agricultural models, and organic rice fields. Besides, the State always facilitates the formation of large fields with an area of over 4,800 ha with high-quality rice varieties accounting for 60-70 percent.
 
The four-party coordination of the State, scientists, enterprises and farmers also helps improve rice productivity and quality. In the field of cultivation, Ngoc Tu Orchids Co., Ltd is preparing to invest in orchid production on an area of 10 ha in Cao Lanh City. Farmers applied VietGAP quality management standards to mango, longan and tangerine production. In 2011, Dong Thap partnered with Can Tho University to implement the VietGAP-oriented rice production model in Tam Nong.
 
The VietGAP application is considered one practical solution to address agricultural impacts like environmental pollution and disease outbreak in aquaculture. Moreover, VietGAP gradually replaces international standards like GlobalGAP (Global Good Agricultural Practices), ASC (Aquaculture Stewardship Council) and MSC (Marine Stewardship Council). Currently, more and more companies in Dong Thap are applying hi-tech to organic agriculture like Huynh Gia Huynh De Inc., Hung Ca Company and Vinh Hoan Corporation. Farmers are hired to be the "satellite" of GlobalGAP aquaculture and husbandry upon the request of these companies. All products are guaranteed to be purchased by the companies.
 
From 2011 to 2015, Dong Thap will focus on its 495,000 ha of rice land, aiming to raise production to 2.5 million tonnes. It will also target at 450,000 tonnes of aquatic products, aiming for an export turnover of US$349 million. Agricultural growth rate will be 6 percent a year in the period.
 
Stepping up technological application into production
To have a stable market for agricultural products, Dong Thap province is deploying pilot forms of coordination among producers and sellers. This model has been applied to rice cultivation since 2008, increasing affected area from 780 ha to 4800 ha in 2015. The province is working with the Rural Development Department, Mekong Delta Research and Development Institute, Can Tho University to build Tan Cuong - Tam Nong Cooperative with 273 households cultivating 430 ha of rice. Production cost is VND2,449 per kilo, a reduction of VND113 from the ordinary cost of VND2,562. Profit reaches VND16.459 million per ha, higher than the normal rate of VND15.667 million, a difference of VND792,258.
 
As for fruit trees, the province has also applied safe production models. Specifically, the Department of Science and Technology implemented the project "Cat Chu mango production process construction” in My Xuong commune, Cao Lanh district. The GlobalGAP certified project had an investment capital of VND692 million, and is carried out from 2009 to 2012. The department has prepared for the launch of the “VietGAP production process construction and application” project in Cao Lanh City. As regards vegetables, the Plant Protection Office built an organic vegetable cultivation model on 106.7 ha, including 80 ha in Long Thuan commune, Hong Ngu district and 20 ha Tan Binh commune, Chau Thanh district. This model is proven to generate a higher profit margin than ordinary models.
 
In the coming time, the province continues expanding this model by investing in infrastructure for organic vegetable, fruit and aquaculture production areas like dikes, sluices, electricity systems, irrigation systems, and infield traffic systems. The locality will improve the quality of rice, fruit trees, livestock, poultry and aquatic creatures to meet market demand; apply certified standards like VietGAP and GlobalGAP to rice, vegetable, fruit and aquaculture production; and coordinate with research academies and universities to apply hi-tech to agricultural development.
 
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