The Fertiliser and Petrochemical Corporation (PVFCCo) under PetroVietnam is boosting the transfer of technology for farmers in at least three Cambodian provinces as part of its overseas expansion scheme.

Deputy General Manager in charge of marketing and building distribution system, Nguyen Hong Vinh, said at a press briefing in Phnom Penh on April 23 that his corporation has placed neighbouring Cambodia top priority in its scheme to expand foreign market shares.

The three provinces to benefit from the transfer of technology programme this year are Kongpong Cham, Kongpong Thom and Kondan.

The PVFCCo has launched the programme of technological transfer right after opening its representative office in Phnom Penh in May, 2010. Numerous workshops have been opened and farmers shown around model fields in Bat Dombong, Kongpong Chnang and Ta Keo provinces.

A farmer from Kon Dan province, named Kieng Kheng, said training in farming know-how and use of assorted fertilisers and insecticides made by PVFCCo have enabled him and many farmers in the region to increase rice yields from 3.5 tonnes per hectare to between seven and eight tonnes.

In addition, the Vietnamese company has presented 50 tonnes of nitrogenous fertiliser for poor farmers in Svay Rieng and Pray Veng provinces and donated 25,000 USD for families of victims of the deadly stampede last November.

PVFCCo is Vietnam’s leading fertiliser maker which accounts for half of the domestic nitrogenous fertiliser market./.