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Son La (VNA) – The outcomes of a project to increase incomes for farmers via agricultural restructuring in mountainous areas (SFIRIA) was reviewed at Tay Bac University in the mountainous province of Son La on March 20.

The project was part of the cooperation agreement between Japan’s Kasama city and Son La province, under the auspices of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The project, carried out between March 2016 and March 2018, aims to improve living conditions and livelihoods of farmers in rural areas of the province.

Under the project, 30 households in Tay Hung village (Muoi Noi commune, Thuan Chau district) and Tham village (Chieng Sinh ward, Son La city) were provided with local resources in order to increase added values and improve the quality of agricultural products.

Le Xuan Thang, Secretary of the Party Cell of Tay Hung village, said the village has 12 households joining the project. They were trained on how to build agricultural production models and seek consumption markets by setting up stands at the village’s communal house. In the coming time, they will help other families do the same.

In Tham village, vegetable growing areas developed under the project have been certified as safe vegetable production areas. The involving households have better incomes and living conditions thanks to stable consumption.

Leo Van Long, head of Tham village, said villagers now are familiar with using organic fertilizers and growing vegetables in net houses, therefore reducing the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. All households in the village have escaped from poverty, with annual average income reaching 120 million VND (5,300 USD).-VNA