| |Viet Nam News
HCM CITY — Nearly 190 coffee farmers in key coffee-growing districts in Đắk Lắk Province are taking part in a contest on coffee cultivation knowledge and techniques.
The six-day contest, which began on Monday at the Buôn Ma Thuột Coffee Festival, is part of the NESCAFE Plan project developed by Nestle Vietnam and the Western Highlands Agriculture and Forestry Science Institute (WASI).
Each district has sent a team of 30-40 farmers chosen from among participants in the project, which has been implemented in the Central Highlands since 2011.
Following training in sustainable coffee production by agricultural experts and WASI experts, these farmers have embraced advanced technologies to improve their productivity and income.
The contest tests their knowledge of methods to improve the soil, how to properly fertilise coffee plants and prevent diseases, production processes and labour safety equipment, farming diary notes and others.
It will not only help contestants improve their farming knowledge but also provide a platform for them to exchange information and experience in coffee production and trading with each other and with experts from the project.
The project has so far helped 21,000 farmers obtain the 4C international coffee certificate, distributed more than 15 million high-yield, disease-resistant coffee seedlings to farmers to replant, and provided training to nearly 150,000 farmers, enabling them to effect a 40 per cent saving in water and 20 per cent in fertilisers and raise their income by 40 per cent.
Its model of growing other crops among coffee trees has helped double farmers’ incomes and improve the soil. — VNS