The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD)’s pilot project to grow some kinds of vegetable and raise cattle in the Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago has seen initial progress.

Launched in last July, the four-year project has already achieved the construction of two greenhouses at a cost of 600 million VND, covering a total area of 156 square metres in Song Tu Tay Island. Both became operational last August.

The vegetables have grown well, while other plants such as papaya, coconut and banana have also produced high quality yields, providing balanced meals for soldiers and islanders.

Meanwhile, cross-bred cows in the island have also grown well, which is a very positive sign for the project.

According to MARD Deputy Minister Tran Thanh Nam , the ministry will multiply the project to all islets in the archipelago.

A working team from the ministry will be sent to Truong Sa island district in central Khanh Hoa province and the marine defence KD1 Platform from May 29 to June 7 to assess the efficiency of the project and decide necessary preparation for the next phase.-VNA