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Lao Cai (VNA) – The northern province of Lao Cai will use advanced technology to grow lilies and roses across a total area of 3.5 hectares in four wards and township of Sa Pa district.

The provincial People’s Committee recently approved a project, worth 11.5 billion VND (506,000 USD), to develop hi-tech farms of lilies (2 hectares) and roses (1.5 hectares) in Ban Khoang, Ta Phin and Sa Pa wards and Sa Pa township from 2018-2020.

The funding includes 2.9 billion VND sourced from the State budget for the national target programme on building new-style rural areas which will be partly spent on training, purchasing machines and management.

The remainder will be donated by citizens through labour, seeds, fertiliser, pesticides, and net and glass houses.

Flower production in Sa Pa has seen strong growth in recent years thanks to favourable local conditions. The district has become one of the key flower farming areas in the northwestern region.

The project is expected to develop flower farming in the province and aid local efforts to restructure agriculture and raise incomes for farmers.

It also aims to create links between businesses and farmers throughout production and distribution.-VNA