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Quang Nam (VNA) – A project has helped increase the productivity of rice growing in mountainous areas in the central province of Quang Nam by between 200 – 1,500 kg of rice per hectare.

This was heard at a review of the second phase of a project on improving food security for small scale farmers in Quang Nam on November 30.

The event was organised by the Foundation for International Development/Relief and the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

In 2016, the project was carried out in six mountainous districts of Quang Nam, namely Dong Giang, Tay Giang, Nam Giang, Nam Tra My, Bac Tra My, and Hiep Duc, spanning over 150,000 square metres.

It aims to promote the use of the System of Rice Intensification, a rice cultivation method achieving high yield without relying on breed improvement or chemical fertilisers.

Under the project, farmers were trained in rice cultivation techniques.

Ho Thanh Tung from Tra Tan commune, northern Tra My district said the technique helped improve the effectiveness of rice growing in the mountainous areas.

Localities will invest more in applying the technique in local rice growing, thus ensuring the continuity of the project’s outcomes.-VNA