Farmers harvest tomatoes grown in a shade house in Hương Nộn Commune, Tam Nông District, Phú Thọ Province. — Photo nhandan.com.vn HÀ NỘI — Underdeveloped northern provinces were embracing high technology to make breakthroughs in farming productivity in hopes of lifting locals – mostly of ethnic minorities – out of poverty. Đông Sang is a remote commune in Sơn La Province about 200 km west of Hà Nội where seven ethnic minorities live alongside each other. They heavily depend on agriculture as their main source of income. Communal People’s Committee chairman Phạm Văn Giang told Nhân dân (People) newspaper that the locals started trying out new technologies in farming since 2013 and the results were astounding. “The application of technology in agriculture has changed the traditional farming methods of the ethnic minorities, raising the average productivity from VNĐ29 million (US$1,200) per ha in 2013 to about VNĐ50 million per ha,” Giang said. He said that many investors were also flocking to the mountainous commune to set up large-scale high-tech farms since 2018. There were few already yielding promising revenues, between VNĐ800 million and up to VNĐ1 billion ($34,000-$42,500) a year, the official added. “We believe high tech agriculture is the… Read full this story
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