An organic vegetable farm in Pho Yen town of Thai Nguyen province (Photo: VNA) Quang Nam (VNA) – The total organic farming area in Vietnam expanded from 12,120ha to 76,666ha between 2007 and 2015, faster than the global average pace, said Director of the Vietnam Agricultural Extension Centre Tran Van Khoi. He said at a forum in Tam Ky city, in the central province of Quang Nam, on July 20 that organic cultivation and aquaculture models have been applied in 33 provinces and cities nationwide. Organic farming is considered a solution for restructuring the agricultural sector towards higher added value and sustainable development, especially amid the notable risks of chemical farming and the exhaustion of land and water resources, he noted. In recent years, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has encouraged organic agricultural practices, including using more organic fertilisers, reducing chemical fertilisers, and controlling diseases in a biological manner. … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s organic farming expansion faster than world average
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Yuya Shibakai sometimes feels he is ploughing a lonely furrow. The Japanese farmer produces organic lettuce, tomatoes, carrots and other vegetables for a market that has tasted nothing like the success of the sector in other advanced economies. On his farm outside Tokyo, the 32-year-old doggedly trudges along a line of lettuces, pulling up weeds by hand. Shibakai says it is a "daily struggle to find ways to make a profit using a system you could call inefficient, where you have to pull all the weeds out by hand." "We need a different supply system in Japan, a sustainable structure for farmers that would also change the way our profession is seen," added Shibakai, who took over the business from his parents in 2009. Organic farming occupied just 0.5 percent of Japan's entire arable area in 2016. The country hopes to double this by 2019, Akimi Uenaka, an official in charge of organic farming at the agriculture ministry, told AFP. However, Uenaka admitted the development of the sector in … [Read more...] about Lonely furrow: Little pay dirt for organic farming in Japan
Tasty: Mussel, rice pancake and fermented fish sauce is a speciality of Cẩm Nam commune, just 3km away from Hội An City. — VNS Photo Công Thành Viet Nam News Emerging centuries ago as a sand islet in the middle of the Thu Bồn River, Cẩm Nam Commune has been known by several names: Cồn Hến, meaning mussel islet, and Cồn Bắp, maize islet. It has drawn migrants seeking lives as successful peasants since the late 14th century. The commune, 3km south of Hội An ancient town, has now become an eco-tourism destination with tranquil rural scenery and traditional farming on the river banks. Bùi Hoài Nam reports. CẩmNam Commune rises up on a 3km-long islet in the middle of theThu Bồn River, dividing the lower section of the longest river inQuảng Nam Province into two branches. The commune with a population of 6,700 is sandwiched between Hội An town and the … [Read more...] about Maize farms on river islet draw tourists
Unlike in previous years, thousands of farming households in Triệu Phong district of central Quang Tri province see organic farming as offering a sustainable livelihood and a way out of poverty. browser not support iframe.The change in attitude has resulted from a project to produce clean rice in five local communes, funded by World Vision and Korean International Cooperation Agency. The project has taught more than 150 households to farm without using any chemical products, including pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilisers or preservatives. Farmers have been instructed to make chemical-free pesticides with garlic, chili, onions and other products that are easily available. The new farming method has brought farmers profits twice as high as normal, since expenses on fertilisers and pesticides have been reduced while productivity remains the same or even better. It has also helped improve soil quality, and cut unemployment in the project areas. VNA … [Read more...] about Clean farming method benefits needy people
(CPV) - The Ca Mau Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, German Development Cooperation, Netherlands Development Organization (SNV), and Naturland co-hosted a workshop to develop an organic development declaration to jointly strengthen the organic sector and its potential. The Vietnamese agriculture and aquaculture are among the key production sectors, which have been growing substantially over the last two decades. However, a key challenge the sector faces, is meeting the demands of export markets for high quality, safe, clean and especially organic products. “International customers expect a very high quality of Vietnamese shrimp and other products, through time, they trend to go to green food, of which organic products are more prioritized”, Dr. Christian Henckes, Program Director of the Integrated Coastal Management Program (ICMP) implemented by GIZ on behalf of the German and Australian Government said during the event titled ““Organic Vietnam: … [Read more...] about How to develop organic production in Vietnam?