The Mekong Delta province of Can Tho has decided to double its VietGAP standard large-scale rice fields to 14,000 ha in the 2013-2014 Winter-Spring crop, said Director of Can Tho Agricultural and Rural Development Department Pham Van Quynh.
The new VietGAP rice fields will be in Vinh Thanh, Thoi Lai, Co Do and Phong Dien districts, added Quynh.
To support these new large-scale rice fields, the Can Tho authority upgraded irrigation systems in the localities, and provided high quality rice seeds for farmers.
Farmers will be trained in farming technique and field management under the VietGAP standards. They will also be instructed how to apply bio-technology, and use microbiological fertilizer.
The provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development also urged 13 enterprises in the province to provide modern production equipment and pesticides to local farmers.
In the Winter-Spring crop of 2010-2011, the model of large-scale rice field in Vinh Thanh district reaped an average output of 7.78 tonnes/ha, much higher than the normal-scale rice field.-VNA