|Farmers harvest winter-spring rice in Tan Thuan Commune in the southern province of Binh Dinh's Tuy Phuoc District. The province will build 250 large-scale fields in 2015. — VNA/VNS Photo Ly Kha
BINH DINH (VNS) — The central province of Binh Dinh plans to build 250 large-scale fields in 2015 covering over 10,000 ha, said Phan Trong Ho, director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
The large-scale field is a centralised production model bringing together farmers, businesses, scientists and State agencies to facilitate the application of technology in cultivation, thus improving the value of agricultural products and farmers' income.
Binh Dinh would zone 230 fields for growing rice in 2015, while other crops such as maize, cassava and peanuts would cover the other 20, he said.
Binh Dinh has called on companies that supply seedlings and production materials and buy farm produce to co-operate with agricultural co-operatives and farmers. It has also encouraged businesses to provide loans and asked scientists to advise farmers on cultivation techniques, in addition to running training courses for local farmers and converting ineffective rice fields into areas to grow other crops, the official added.
The province built 233 large-scale fields covering more than 9,700 ha in 2014, with the participation of 58,000 households. This model generated over 7.3 tonnes of rice per ha for each crop and brought about VND23.6 million ($1,123) per ha, about 0.5 tonnes and VND3.7 million higher than the traditional model. — VNS