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President prays for good crop at ploughing festival

Update: January, 30/2012 - 09:40


President Truong Tan Sang (second left) participates in the Spring Ploughing Festival in the northern province of Ha Nam yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
HA NAM — President Truong Tan Sang and senior Government officials attended the annual Tich Dien Mua Xuan (Spring Ploughing) Festival to pray for bumper crops in the northern province of Ha Nam yesterday.

Speaking at the ceremony, Sang reaffirmed that agriculture always played an important role in Viet Nam's national economy and the Spring Ploughing Festival was a traditional farming practice that promised bumper crops for agricultural production in the country.

He highlighted that the festival, which was held from January 27-29, had been a cultural ritual for generations of Vietnamese people and helped improve the lives of farmers.

Sang said the festival would promote agricultural production and build new rural areas in the province under the 11th Party Congress Resolution, which focused on agricultural mechanisms, application of high technology and comprehensive development of the sector.

Sang also extended his best wishes to farmers for the new year and hoped they would see bumper crops.

The festival originated in 987 AD during the Le Dynasty when King Le Dai Hanh ploughed part of a field to pray for good weather and bumper crops in Doi Son Commune, Duy Tien District. Since then, it has been an annual tradition in the early spring. — VNS

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