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Dong Nai opens club for coffee growers

Update: April, 18/2015 - 09:28
It has attracted over 100 coffee farmers from the Central Highlands provinces of Dac Lac, Dac Nong, Lam Dong and Gia Lai. — Photo thanhnien
DONG NAI  (VNS) — A club for coffee growers to share their cultivation knowledge and experiences made its debut on Wednesday in the southern province of Dong Nai.

It has attracted over 100 coffee farmers from the Central Highlands provinces of Dac Lac, Dac Nong, Lam Dong and Gia Lai, who will regularly discuss vital issues including agronomic seasonal concerns, weather forecast, pests, diseases, weed management as well as market prices and export conditions.

Bayer CropScience Viet Nam will provide training and organise seminars featuring agronomists and experts on sustainable coffee production, innovative pesticide solutions to improve yield, quality and profits.

Pham Xuan Quang, a club's manager, said, "This is a useful forum for better coffee yields."

Torsten Velden, the company's country division told Viet Nam News: "Coffee is second only to rice in value of agricultural products exported from Viet Nam. Therefore we would like to support this further. With the launch of the club, we aim to create a forum where key coffee growers in Viet Nam can reflect and develop their professional aspirations in the field, and eventually help increase yield, quality, and profit in a sustainable manner."

The opening of the club follows a programme called Bayer Much More Coffee, which was started in 2013 to improve agronomy methods and make efficient use of crop protection inputs.

The programme was developed with the Western Highlands Agriculture and Science Institute and has been tested and proven with the support of coffee farmers.

Coffee farmers taking part in the programme had seen their profits increase by at least 25 per cent compared to normal practices, the company said. — VNS


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