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Tra Vinh (VNA) – Cooperatives and alliances of cooperatives in the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh will get financial support when joining the large-scale field model, which is being implemented in the locality. 

The provincial People’s Committee has issued a support policy, which aims to encourage local farmers to participate in large scale cultivation and cooperatives for improving the efficiency of agricultural production.

Under the policy, farmers who are growing rice, fruit trees, and coconuts will be provided with 840,000 VND (36.9 USD)/ha for the first crop and 560,000 VND (24.6 USD)/ha for the second crop.

Meanwhile, those planting corn, potato, cassava, and short-term industrial crops will receive 690,000 VND (30.3USD)/ha for the first crop and 460,000 VND (20.2USD)/ha for the second crop.

Farmers join the large-scale field model will also receive subsidy of 30 percent of seed or sapling costs for the first crop.

Tran Trung Hien, Director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said the large-scale field model and the formation of cooperatives aim to build concentration high-quality cultivation areas, towards reducing production costs, increasing profits, and expanding consumption markets for local farm produce.

The scheme also helps local farmer access the State’s support policies related to science and technology, and investment capital.

The model has proven effective in Tra Vinh. In the 2017-2018 winter-spring crop, it helped bring an additional profit of 5 million VND/ha for farmers compared to rice farming on small scale.

However, farmers are hesitant to join the model due to concern over the sale of products. -VNA