Scene at the ceremony (Photo:VNA)

Thai Nguyen (VNA) – Over 300 youths in the northern province of Thai Nguyen on July 8 took part in the launching ceremony of a voluntary programme designed to call on young intellectuals and scientists join hands in agricultural restructuring.

Speaking at the ceremony, Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union (HCYU) Central Committee Bui Quang Huy said the programme has been carried out over the past three years, under which young lecturers and students were sent to disadvantaged areas across the country to participate in agricultural restructuring.

Twenty-six teams of excellent lecturers and students transferred more than 30 agricultural production models, opened 73 training courses on application of new technologies in farming and farm produce processing for local famers.

Based on the fruitful outcomes in the past three years, the programme’s scope of eligible participants has been expanded this year to promote a greater role of young people in agro-forestry-fishery technological application, Huy added.

At the launching event, 10 teams were selected for the campaign. As planned, during this year’s the summer, provincial and municipal youth unions in collaboration with universities, and agricultural science institutes will establish 98 teams of volunteers to work in all 63 provinces and cities.

Between July 8 and August 31, they are expected to transfer 336 farming models, organise 261 training classes on new agricultural technologies. The programme is estimated to cost 9.2 billion VND (401,000 USD) and draw nearly 1,500 youths.

After the event, various activities were held, including health checks-up for residents, environmental cleaning, and training the cultivation and harvest of tea in line with VietGap standards.-VNA