On the morning of February 27, 2017, the Research team from the Department of Rural Development, Faculty of Agriculture & Natural Resources and the Center for Rural Development Research - An Giang University collaborated with the An Phu People's Committee to hold the Workshop "Agricultural production in the context of changing sediment and climate change in An Giang" in conjunction with the field seminar on introducing the model of rice production in the direction of safety, within the framework of the project "Impact of nutrient and sedimentation reduction on agriculture and livelihoods in An Giang" funded by Oxfam.
The workshop aimed to: (1) share the results of research on the impact of sedimentation reduction on existing production models in three different ecological regions (An Phu, Thoai Son and Cho Moi) in An Giang province; (2) review the model of safe rice production to cope with the impact of sedimentation reduction in Vinh Loc commune, An Phu district; and (3) discuss on how to develop models of effective and sustainable local agricultural production.
Attending the workshop were representatives from An Phu district (District Office of Agriculture and Rural Development, Plant Protection Station, Agricultural Extension Station, Farmers Union); representatives of Commune People's Committees and typical farmers in Thoai Son, Cho Moi and An Phu districts.
Discussed at the workshop were outstanding issues: Firstly, the current impact of sedimentation reduction on agricultural production (rice, fruit and vegetable crops) is increasingly alarming via increasingly higher investment in fertilizers and chemical pesticides; Secondly, expanding models of rice production in the direction of safety, understanding the principles of life cycle of pests and diseases to rationally use fertilizers and pesticides in accordance with the "4 corrects" rule to cope with the above mentioned situation; Thirdly, in addition to the safe rice production model, farmers also proposed the conversion of crop and livestock structure (from 3 rice crops to orchard or to a model of crop rotation with 2 rice - 1 non-rice, 1 rice - 1 shrimp) or to reduce the number of crops per year to restore/adapt in the context of reduced sedimentation in the fields currently.
The workshop helped farmers clarify the effects of sedimentation reduction by various factors on each specific production model in the locality. At the same time, this is an opportunity for relevant parties to share their views and to discuss ways to reach agreement on an effective and sustainable agricultural production pathway to simultaneously minimize risks by the effects of sedimentation reduction and further improve the quality of agricultural products.
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Ths. Trương Ngọc Thúy
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