farmers learn about Vietnamese rice farming
AN GIANG — After
achieving success with a farming programme in Sierra Leone, local agronomists
plan to train African farmers in cultivation techniques to grow a strain of
Vo Tong Xuan, rector of An
Giang University, and several agronomists are now in Nigeria and Ghana for a
feasibility survey to expand rice cultivation across Africa.
The effort is being done
at the request of a company from England, which asked the Vietnamese scientists
to research the situation in the two countries after learning about the
programme in Sierra Leone that began 10 months ago.
With the cultivation of
Vietnamese rice, yields doubled or tripled compared with native strains in
Professor Vo Tong Xuan
said although there were no ploughing machines the group had successfully
cultivated two crops a year.
Productivity was more than
four tonnes a hectare compared to the previous one tonne per ha.
Xuan added that the
agronomists were storing three tonnes of seed rice for sowing on land, which is
similar to the soil in Viet Nam’s Mekong Delta region.
A group of farmers in the
Mekong Delta will be invited to Africa to train local farmers in irrigation and
Each Vietnamese farmer
will be assigned to help four local farmers who will cultivate rice on five
hectares of paddy.
The programme aims to help
countries in Africa overcome food shortages. — VNS