|Chúc Sơn Clean Vegetables and Fruits Cooperative is the first cooperative in Chưong Mỹ District in Hà Nội to invest in expanding net house farming. — VNS Photo|
HÀ NỘI — Many businesses, cooperatives, and farmers in Hà Nội have promoted the application of science and technology into agricultural production, bringing high economic efficiency in recent years.
Science and technology have become the key to agricultural development, productivity and improvement.
Chúc Sơn Clean Vegetables and Fruits Co-operative in Chương Mỹ District is a pioneer in the application of science and technology and achieved many successes.
The cooperative’s director Hoàng Văn Thám said: “Since 2016, the cooperative had invested in an iMetos weather warning station to help farmers manage and monitor production, adjust seeding plans, and take care of vegetables when the weather fluctuates.”
“Along with that, the cooperative had also used the eGap technology to implement electronic traceability for each vegetable growing household and each vegetable field. Last year, we connected to two e-commerce platforms Kinhpeec and Cadosa, for vegetable trading.”
The application of technology in production and consumption helps improve the quality and value of products and bring the cooperative’s products to reputable distributors.
|A 5ha-garden of Bố Chính ginseng with an automatic watering system of Phúc Lâm Hi-tech Cooperative in Thanh Mỹ Commune of Sơn Tây Township. — VNS Photo|
According to the Hà Nội Rural Development Department, as of 2021, the city had 164 agricultural establishments applying advanced technology in production and consumption.
The value of high-tech agricultural products accounts for about 35 per cent of the city’s total agricultural production value, of which high and smart technology is mainly used in the management and performance of production.
In horticulture, there are applications for growing orchids and mushrooms in cold rooms, while in animal husbandry, they are closed barns with a cooling system to help stabilise the temperature and humidity for animals, along with automatic feeding lines and artificial insemination.
Farmers use so-called “river in a pond” technology, biological products, and automatic oxygen generators in aquaculture.
|Sase Arata (centre), director of Japan’s Syun Company and his colleagues came to check the quality of vegetables of Chúc Sơn Clean Vegetables and Fruits Co-operative. — VNS Photo|
Urbanisation has been rapid in Hà Nội, posing urgent problems for developing urban and approachable agriculture with suitable technology.
Nguyễn Văn Chí, head of the Hà Nội Agriculture and Rural Development Department, said that to bring science and technology to farmers, recently, the Hà Nội People’s Committee had issued a plan on mechanisation in agricultural production from 2022 to 2025 with specific support for organisations, households and individuals investing in automation.
To realise the plan, the Hà Nội Rural Development Department organised a workshop on digital transformation in agricultural production in Hà Nội to find solutions to support farmers in science and technology.
In addition, the department also coordinates with functional agencies and localities to integrate vocational training and science and technology for farmers.
The department builds conversion areas through agricultural restructuring programmes to create capital and bring machines to help farmers access automated technology.
|A model of fish raising of Nguyễn Tuấn Văn in Thụy Khuê Village, Sài Sơn Commune of Quốc Oai District. — VNS Photo|
Chí said that farmers, cooperatives and farms needed to promote autonomy in high-tech applications, deep processing, organic production, and circular and digital economy.
Dr Mai Quang Vinh, president of the Việt Nam Union of Digital Economy Co-operatives, said digital transformation in agriculture was a global trend, and innovative agricultural development was inevitable.
"Việt Nam needs a programme to encourage digital transformation by supporting technology transfer, training courses for digital transformation and enhancing product management capabilities, and corporate governance for farmers and businesses," Vinh said. — VNS