Phu Tho spends over VND230 billion on sustainable agricultural development

Tuesday, 2016-08-16 18:18:58
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Applying mechanisation to boost rice production in Lam Thao district, Phu Tho province. (Credit: snnphutho.vn)
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NDO – The northern province of Phu Tho province has decided to spend more than VND230 billion (US$10.4 million) to support agricultural production during 2016-2020 to boost the restructuring of the local agricultural sector towards higher added value and sustainable development.

According to the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the sum will be used to support tea, diễn grapefruit and high-quality rice cultivation, aquaculture and afforestation. Land consolidation, livestock waste treatment and good agricultural practices will also be assisted during the period.

Beneficiaries are co-operatives, co-operation groups, farms and farming households that are part of concentrated agricultural production areas.

Those who replace old tea varieties with new high-quality ones will be provided with as much as VND8 million (US$360) per hectare.

A similar financial aid model will help the cultivation of the renowned diễn grapefruit. Up to VND200 million (US$9,000) will be allocated for building each seedling production garden of this variety.

Farmers who connect with one another to produce high-quality rice on at least 10 hectares of conjoined farmland and apply advanced machinery will be assisted with VND900,000 (US$40) per hectare to buy quality seeds, the department said.

It added that Phu Tho will finance 50% of biogas facility construction expenses to a maximum of VND40 million (US$1,800) for each farm raising at least 300 pigs.

Those farming aquatic species on at least 2.1 hectares of water surface can gain financial help, up to VND5 million (US$225) per hectare, to purchase young fish.

Money will also be provided to support land consolidation and people who hire land to plant perennial trees or carry out large-scale agricultural production.

Between 2011 and 2015, Phu Tho spent VND205 billion (US$9.2 million) on assisting key agricultural production programmes, the provincial department said.

It noted crop and aquatic production value reached VND90 million (over US$4,000) per hectares last year, 1.7 times higher than that in 2010. As a result, local agriculture posted an annual growth rate of 5.09% during the period, contributing to local socio-economic development.