Dong Thap inaugurates first advanced rice farming project hinh anh 1A drone is used to spray pesticides on a rice field under the province’s first advanced rice farming project in Thap Muoi district. (Photo: VNA)
Dong Thap (VNA) - The Dong Thap province People’s Committee has held a ceremony to celebrate the Mekong Delta province’s first advanced rice farming project that uses modern techniques in all production stages and uses irrigation water efficiently.

The project is being implemented on 170ha by the My Dong 2 Commune Co-operative in Thap Muoi district.

Under the project, participating farmers use machines and smart devices for all production stages such as sowing seeds, fertilising, harvesting and post-harvest handling.

Participating farmers use slow-release fertiliser buried in soil as well as smart devices that use alternate wet and dry irrigation methods to save water.

They are also using smart devices to monitor brown plant hoppers, which are the main pests on rice fields.

The use of drones to spray pesticides helps farmers reduce the quantity of pesticide by 10 – 20 percent compared to traditional spraying methods.

Rice produced under the project has traceable origin and is guaranteed sales outlets under farming contracts.

The production cost of rice planted under the project is about 4,266 VND a kilogramme, nearly 400 VND lower than the production cost under traditional methods.

The project is estimated to offer a profit of 15.8 million VND (680 USD) per hectare a crop, up nearly 10 million VND (430 USD) compared to rice planted under traditional methods.

The project also creates conditions for farmers to exchange farming techniques, which reduces pollution and pesticide residue in rice fields. 

Nguyen Thanh Hung, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, said that advanced techniques, modern machines and information technology, as well as linkages among farmers, scientists and rice companies are also being applied.

The project has reduced production costs, improved production efficiency, and protected the environment and farmers' health.

He said the province’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and local authorities should expand the project to other localities.

The Mekong Delta province, one of the delta’s largest rice producers, has more than 200,000ha of land devoted to growing rice.

The province’s farmers grow a total of more than 520,000ha of rice in three rice crops a year with an annual paddy output of more than 3.3 million tonnes./.