|Farmers in Thuong Tin District, Ha Noi plough soil in preparation for the spring rice crop. The capital will implement a programme to apply technology in the agriculture sector from 2016 to 2020. — VNA/VNS Photo Dinh Hue
HA NOI (VNS) — The capital will speed up a programme to apply technology in the agriculture sector for the 2016 to 2020 period, aimed at increasing the proportion of agricultural products applying high tech to 35 per cent in 2020, Chu Phu My, director of Ha Noi department of agriculture and rural development, said.
The programme has total investment capital of VND11,300 billion (nearly US$510 million), of which VND970 billion (nearly $45 million) is sourced from State fund.
The programme is aimed at forming a large and concentrated plant growing area which applies high tech with 1,000 hectares for vegetables, 500 ha for flowers, 1,370 ha for fruit trees.
The programme is also expected to establish modern, large-scale farms for animal husbandry and a 600ha farm for aquaculture.
"The application of high technology will boost agricultural productivity and help authorised agencies to effectively control the quality of farmed products. The city will provide technical training for farmers and accelerate the construction of roads, irrigation systems and other necessary facilities,", My said.
The application of high technology in agriculture sector will also speed up the transformation of plant cultivation and animal breeding structures in a sustainable manner and improve the living standards of farmers on the outskirts of Ha Noi.
This is an inevitable trend, especially with the current rate of urbanisation in Ha Noi.
Thuy Huong flower and ornamental plant cooperative of Chuong My District is an example of applying high tech in agricultural production. Its flower growing area covers 7 hectares.
It has a 1,000sq.m glass house with modern ventilation and automatic irrigation systems for growing lan ho diep (Phalaenopsis ) and a 3,000sq.m modern net house for growing hoa ly (lily) and dong tien (gerbera).
The cooperative gains about VND1 billion (nearly $45,000) in net profits per season.
Chuong My District has formed 15 concentrated husbandry areas located far away from residential areas with 110 farms applying modern air cooling technologies. Owners of these farms have invested about VND50 billion ($2.2 million) to renew technologies.
Other outskirt districts have applied high tech in agricultural production, for example an orchid growing model in Ha Mo ward of Dan Phuong District and in Tay Tuu Commune of Bac Tu Liem District.
"Ha Noi is a large market with high demand for safe and clean food and specialties. I agree that the city needs to form large-scale farms and support farmers in selling their products," Nguyen Thai Dung, Deputy Director of Big C Supermarket said.
He added that there should be close coordination between agricultural and trading sectors. Building brand names for agricultural products also plays a key role in enhancing the value of products and income for farmers. — VNS