|Farmers in the southernmost Ca Mau's U Minh District use modern machinery to harvest rice. The province will expand it's rice production to 20,000 hectares and increase the the use of machinery in rice farming to 50-60 per cent by 2015. — VNA/VNS Photo Duy Khuong
CA MAU (VNS)— Southernmost Ca Mau Province has stepped up the use of machines in agricultural production, especially in rice farming to increase productivity and minimise post-harvest losses and costs over the past three years.
Local farmers had bumper crops, and increased their profit by nearly VND30 million (US$1,400) per hectare for each crop.
As many as nearly 1,900 modern machines were put in the province's agriculture production.
However, the number of machines only met between 30 – 40 per cent of demand on rice farming mechanisation in the area.
The province currently has over 5,000 hectares under rice. It will expand the area to 20,000 hectares and increase the rate of the use of machines for rice farming to 50-60 per cent in 2015.
"The government should have incentive policies to encourage local enterprises and farmers to put more machines in agriculture production," Nguyen Tran Thuc, Director of the provincial Agriculture and Fisheries Extension Centre said.
The province's Agriculture and Rural Development Department said it will continue to organise training workshops on using modern machines, which would provide farmers with chances to study technology and experience the appliance of machines in rice production.
Local relevant agencies would continue to provide training on non-agricultural work, such as driving plough machines, combine harvesters, and repairing machines of various kinds.
"Farmers should co-operate together to expand their scale production by equipping themselves with modern machines, which would help them make more profit," Thuc said.
The province would also expand pilot models using machines and applying technical breakthroughs in agriculture. — VNS