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City strengthens focus on hi-tech agriculture

Update: November, 26/2012 - 10:42

 

Workers from HCM City-based Agriculture Hi-tech Park tend orchid plants. The city plans to expand the park and launch four or five new centres by 2020. — VNA/VNS Photo Manh Linh
HCM CITY (VNS)— Over 14 projects with a total investment of VND452 billion (US$21.6 million) have been granted licenses in HCM City's Agricultural High-tech Park (AHTP) since 2004.

Covering 56 of the 88.2-ha park, these projects have specialised in bio-technology, hydroponic cultivation, seed reproduction, preservation and processing, and horticulture.

Several modern technologies are being applied at the park.

"We are researching and will soon launch a vegetable production model with high productivity that effects 70 per cent savings in the use of fertilisers, pesticides and water," said Huynh Doan Thong, director of the Chanh Phong Agriculture Company.

He said the model would also spend 50 per cent less on human labour.

HCM City is focusing on hi-tech agriculture as a way of coping with rampant urbanisation, which is stealing an estimated 1,000ha of agricultural land each year.

"The city's agriculture sector should be redesigned to follow new development trends in urban agricultural production," said Dr. Duong Hoa Xo, director of the AHTP.

More importantly, the park is ready to transfer new agricultural technologies to organisations and individuals.

The AHTP will support new agricultural high-tech companies by creating the most favourable conditions for them to join the market. Companies will also receive financial support and technology assistance from the park.

"Qualified scientists and modern technology is one of HCM City's strengths, therefore, the city will co-operate with other southern provinces to create a wide agricultural production area.

"The city will provide seeds, production technologies as well as post-harvest technology in preservation and processing," said Le Minh Tri, deputy chairman of the municipal People's Committee.

In the future, the city will promote construction of several facilities including the Biotechnology Centre in District 2 and the Agricultural Products Exhibition Centre in Cu Chi District.

The AHTP would be expanded to more than 397ha soon, officials say.

It is expected that in the 2015-20 period, the city will launch four or five new agricultural high-tech centres. — VNS

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