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National agriculture centre sets sights on profit, sustainability

Update: February, 02/2013 - 10:23

HCM CITY (VNS)— The National Agriculture Extension Centre has mapped out a series of measures to raise farmers' incomes and create a sustainable agricultural sector.

These goals are part of a plan to improve the efficiency of agricultural extension activities this year, according to the centre's director Phan Huy Thong.

The centre will disseminate more information to farmers about advanced technology, sustainable production and value chains.

Developing new rural areas and restructuring the agricultural sector will also receive attention.

Under the plan, training methods for farmers will include more drilling sessions as well as online television and website guidance.

The plan will strengthen cooperation between extension centres, management agencies, project leaders and implementation units to ensure they do the work in a timely manner, Thong said.

He said that the center will focus more on transferring advanced technology to farmers to raises quality, productivity, production efficiency and farmers' incomes, as well as increase the competitiveness of Vietnamese agro-forestry and fisheries products.

Thong said that all of the 90 extension projects in the 2011-14 period had been implemented with success.

Improvements had been seen in agricultural production, including F1 rice hybrids, safe vegetables and fruit cultivated under GAP standards.

The development of a national cattle herd as well as water-bird breeding under bio-safe methods were two other areas that had also seen success.

Last year, the Government set aside about VND550 billion (US$26.3 million) for agricultural extension programmes nation-wide, which is considered low compared to other countries in the region. — VNS

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