On January 10, the Faculty of Agriculture - Natural Resources, An Giang University (VNU-HCM) along with An Giang’s Center for Biotechnology, Saga University (Japan) and JICA, held the Closing Ceremony of the project "Piloting land improvement and raising incomes for farmers in An Giang province" in Binh Thanh, Thoai Son, An Giang.
At the ceremony, there were Assoc. Prof. Dr. Vo Van Thang (Rector of An Giang University), Dr. Ho Thanh Binh (Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resources) and Prof. Dr. Vo Tong Xuan (Rector of Nam Can Tho University) and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Huy Can (Dean of the Department of Rural Development, Can Tho University), together with several experts, farmer households, and local agencies and authorities.
The project "Piloting land improvement and raising incomes for farmers in An Giang" started to be implemented in 2016. The project is in the framework of cooperation between the governments of Vietnam and Japan, and JICA is the project deployment manager, and An Giang University and the Center of Biotechnology of An Giang are in charge of implementation.
The goal of the project is to find new crops and farming schemes to adapt to climate change, the typical of which is related to the testing of Japanese soybean varieties and ice plants in An Giang.
After piloting planting of Japanese soybean and ice plants in Chau Thanh and Thoai Son districts, it is conculeded that the two crops are suitable to the soil and climate conditions of An Giang and the model can be replicated. The cultivation of Japanese soybean and ice plants also helps to increase soil fertility, creates a source of agricultural products with very high nutritional value and gives farmers more access to advanced agriculture, contributing to improved incomes for local farmers.
Ha Thanh – K.NN-TNTN
Translated by Le Do Thai