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Expo provides crop quality solutions for farmers

Update: December, 17/2012 - 10:37

AN GIANG (VNS) — Thousands of farmers in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta region benefited from an exhibition on agricultural solutions held in An Giang Province last week.

The four-day event that ended last Saturday took an in-depth look into various crops through exhibits and model fields that offered integrated crop solutions, including seed, nutrition management, irrigation, and plant protection.

The expo also marked the inauguration of the Dinh Thanh Agricultural Research Centre, the first of its kind in the region.

Assoc Prof Duong Van Chin, the centre's director, said the expo revealed to farmers the effectiveness of the various solutions on display through the increases in yield.

Also on display was a range of farming equipment like spraying and planting machines, and exhibitors demonstrated their proper use.

"The highlight was a visit to trial fields cultivated for evaluation of new solutions and products prior to commercialisation," Chin told Viet Nam News.

Swiss firm Syngenta displayed three integrated solution packages for rice, corn, and vegetables.

Henry Briggs, head of sales, ASEAN, at Syngenta, said the solutions were based on research into cropping as well as pest management.

"Viet Nam is the world's leading exporter of rice but India and Thailand make higher profits because of higher prices," he said.

"This is related to both the actual quality as well as the perception of their quality. We hope the expo will help Vietnamese rice become recognised as a higher-quality product," he added.

Nguyen Van Tach, a farmer from Vinh Binh Village in An Giang's Chau Thanh District who visited the expo, said many farmers had become more knowledgeable about production and pricing by participating in programmes offered by the An Giang Plant Protection Joint Stock Company.

Also attending the expo were Government officials, researchers, and provincial and agricultural authorities offices.

The expo was organised by the An Giang Plant Protection Joint Stock Company in collaboration with Syngenta, a multinational plant science company. — VNS

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