A farmer cares for peppers in Quang Tri province (Photo: VNA)

 

Quang Tri (VNA) – The central province of Quang Tri has chosen coffee, pepper and shrimp to join the chain of national key products as they have competitive advantages, said the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Quang Tri is now home to more than 5,100ha of coffee, mainly in Khe Sanh in the mountainous district of Huong Hoa. The province has focused on helping local people re-grow coffee trees to bring higher economic value.

Accordingly, the province will provide 500kg of NPK fertiliser for each newly-planted hectare of coffee, organise training courses to transfer cultivation, treatment and harvest techniques and purchase coffee directly from local farmers.

Quang Tri has to date grown over 2,500ha of pepper. In 2014, the National Office of Intellectual Property of Vietnam issued a geographical indication certificate to pepper grown in Ho Xa town and Vinh Hien, Vinh Hoa and Vinh Nam communes of Vinh Linh district. 

Especially, in April, pepper in four more districts of Cam Lo, Gio Linh, Vinh Linh and Huong Hoa also received the similar indication certificates.

Besides, the province boasts a shrimp farming area of about 3,000ha, mostly in the coastal districts of Vinh Linh, Gio Linh and Trieu Phong.

Quang Tri is striving to sustainably develop the shrimp-breeding sector by investing in infrastructure in farming areas, stepping up the application of technology in line with VietGap standards, and reducing diseases and environmental pollution, while making products which ensure food safety.

For the sustainable growth of its main plants and animals, Quang Tri province also sought for support from the government to develop a hi-tech agricultural zone and pilot new land policies, along with calling for investment in infrastructure and agriculture.-VNA