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Lam Dong farms reap technology benefits

Update: September, 17/2013 - 08:10
In the province, advanced farming technologies have been used on 35,000ha of land, 14,850ha of it being under coffee, nearly 12,000ha under vegetables, 2,400ha under flowers, and nearly 2,500ha under high-quality tea.— Photo baolamdong

LAM DONG (VNS)— Adopting agricultural technologies has enabled the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong to attain socio-economic growth and alleviate hunger and poverty, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has said.

Speaking at a meeting with provincial authorities yesterday, he said the province has taken advantage of its climatic conditions and fertility to benefit farmers and the companies in the agricultural sector.

In the province, advanced farming technologies have been used on 35,000ha of land, 14,850ha of it being under coffee, nearly 12,000ha under vegetables, 2,400ha under flowers, and nearly 2,500ha under high-quality tea.

There are over 50 businesses using invitro technology that can produce 30 million saplings per year of various kinds of plants.

Embracing high technology has helped Lam Dong farmers achieve higher revenues. On average they earn VND400 million (US$19,000) from a hectare of vegetables, VND800 million($38,000) to VND1 billion($47,000) from flowers, and VND250 million ($11,000) from tea.

Around 6.3 per cent of people in Lam Dong are classified as poor compared with 9 per cent for the country as a whole.

Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Quoc Doanh said Lam Dong should choose the best tea varieties to grow because the province has the largest area under tea in Viet Nam.

It should also expand the area under fruit trees using high-tech farming methods.

Nguyen Xuan Tien, Chairman of the province People's Committee, said the province Party Committee has issued a resolution on boosting high-tech agricultural development that also spells out specific strategies.

Areas have been zoned for vegetables, flowers, and speciality crops in 2011-15, especially for tea, coffee, and rice, as well as for fish farming. — VNS

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