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Northwest province benefits from Japanese-invested agriculture project

Update: July, 31/2015 - 22:11
Expert review result of experimental field of rice. The northern mountainous province of Dien Bien has greatly benefited from an agriculture and rural development project begun by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in 2010. — Photo JICA

HCM CITY (VNS) — The northern mountainous province of Dien Bien has greatly benefited from an agriculture and rural development project begun by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in 2010.

The project, which ends this month, offered training in techniques used to cultivate rice, maize and soybeans. It also provided training of local agricultural staff, and instruction in irrigation management to local farmers.

Improving agricultural extension services was also a focus of the project.

Three districts, Dien Bien, Tuan Giao and Muong Cha, were selected as pilot areas for the project.

Based on the results of activities of Vietnamese agricultural staff and Japanese experts, agricultural guidelines have been produced.

Guidelines and manuals for agricultural extension covered the topics of rice, maize and soybean farming, while the guidelines and manuals for irrigation management dealt with practical procedures in organising farmers in a water management group.

The project also organised workshops for farmers to discuss local challenges and solutions.

Water management had improved as a result of the project, organisers said.

In addition, the project developed extension tools that suit the local conditions of each pilot district, such as calendars related to crops (rice, maize and soybean) and pest-check boards, with active participation of agricultural officers.

The project is expected to promote agricultural and rural development in other northwestern provinces where the climate and geological conditions are similar to Dien Bien Province.

Despite huge potential in agriculture and forestry, the northwest region faces numerous challenges, including access to and use of technology. — VNS

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