The southwestern province of Tay Ninh has seen a rising number of households joining the Vietnamese Good Agricultural Practices (VietGAP) model in rice cultivation, with 1,398 households, 174 ones higher than that of the same period in 2013.

In the 2013-24 Winter-Spring crop, the province has 2,658 hectares of VietGAP rice area, up 568 hectares, mainly in 12 chosen communes of the districts of Ben Cau, Go Day, Trang Bang, Chau Thanh and Hoa Thanh where the pattern of large-scale paddy fields is underway.

Vuong Quoc Thoi, director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said his department has supported farmers with guidance in varieties to maximise the efficiency of the model.

It has also worked with a number of fertilizer producers to ensure sufficient supply for them.

According to the department, VietGAP rice fields have an average yield of 8-9 tonnes per hectare, 2 tonnes more than that of non-VietGAP fields.-VNA