The An Giang Plant Protection Joint Stock Company (AGPPC) on August 18 opened a training course on high-yield rice growing techniques for 16 officials from bordering Kandal and Takeo provinces and Kompong Chhnang city of Cambodia.

As part of an agricultural development cooperation programme between the Mekong Delta province of An Giang and Cambodia, the 10-day course will provide trainees with lessons on theory and practice in such areas as the safe and effective use of herbicides, the standardisation of the process of rice growing, methods of rice sowing, ways to identify diseases on rice and the use of fertiliser. Methods for agriculture extension in Vietnam will be discussed as well.

Participants will also have the chance to visit farms employing safe vegetable growing models and three-crop cultivation areas in Chau Thanh district.

Since 2002, the AGPPC has provided free medical check-ups and treatment for thousands of farmers in poor communes in Kompong Spu, Kandal, Khampot and Svay Rieng provinces.

An Giang province has also organised various sports activities, such as cycling races, to strengthen the Vietnam-Cambodia friendship./.