HA NOI – Ben Tre Province plans to extend computer and internet access to more farmers to help them boost yields and cut costs, said Nguyen Thi Hong Hoa, the provincial head of the Viet Nam Farmers Association
Hoa said four communes now had improved access to the internet under the scheme and that her association would extend the programme to a further 21 communes and later to the whole province.
The project, which is funded by the association, aims to give farmers better access to the latest agricultural and livestock-rearing techniques, prices, weather forecasts and information on diseases.
The project was launched two years ago in Tan Phong and My Chanh communes. A year later, it was extended to Phu Thuan and Binh Thanh.
A permanent member of staff was employed in each commune to assist farmers with using computers and accessing the internet, and to promote the scheme.
Farmer Le Van Huong, from Taân Phong Commune, Thanh Phu District, said access to the internet had helped him improve his farming techniques and to better protect his rice crops from pests.
In addition to the internet, Huong said he could also access information from the TV, radio, and newspapers.
Although rice produced in Ben Tre is of good quality, production is less than in other provinces in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta region. – VNS