The Central Highlands province of Gia Lai has reaped progress in building effective agricultural production models after five years of implementing an agricultural competitiveness project.

The eight million USD project, funded by the World Bank (WB), established Vietnamese Good Agricultural Practices (VietGAP) models for rice production in Phu Thien district, and for vegetable, pepper and coffee growing in Pleiku city and the four districts of Dak Po, Chu Se, Chu Puh and Chu Prong.

It also upgraded 32km of rural roads and one irrigation facility, and established alliances of coffee, pepper, mushroom, and honey production. Noticeably, beekeepers of the IaGrai sustainable honey production alliance have seen a 5.3 billion VND (249,100 USD) increase in profits after joining the model.

Le Van Dan, Director of the Gia Lai Honey Import-Export Co., Ltd, said the IaGrai alliance has helped members expand their beekeeping and honey trading, enabling them to access advanced technologies to raise the quality of honey products as well as increase their competitiveness in the market.

Implemented in Gia Lai since 2009, the project has helped the province improve agricultural technology, support production partnerships, upgrade infrastructure, and improve project management.-VNA