City’s Hoùc Moân dis­trict eyes ur­ban farm­ing

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HCM CITY — The out­ly­ing dis­trict of Hoùc Moân in HCM City plans to fo­cus on ur­ban farm­ing as part of the na­tional “new-style ru­ral area” pro­gramme in which it takes part.

Leâ Thanh Lieâm, deputy chair­man of the mu­nic­i­pal Peo­ple’s Com­mit­tee, said that ur­ban farm­ing could in­crease the in­come of lo­cal res­i­dents, which is an aim of the new ru­ral area pro­gramme.

Lieâm spoke at a sem­i­nar in Hoùc Moân Dis­trict on Thurs­day on the sta­tus of the dis­trict’s new ru­ral ar­eas and tasks for the rest of the year.

Hoùc Moân’s ur­ban farm­ing mod­els are con­sid­ered ef­fec­tive, in­clud­ing cul­ti­va­tion of honey­dew melons, mush­rooms and or­chids in net houses, the farm­ing of hy­dro­ponic veg­eta­bles and breed­ing of or­na­men­tal fish.

Nguyeãn Só Phöôùc, deputy head of the dis­trict’s Farm­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, said that ur­ban farm­ing mod­els are equipped with mod­ern fa­cil­i­ties and bring high prof­its to farm­ers.

Train­ing cour­ses on ad­vanced farm­ing tech­niques have been reg­u­larly or­gan­ised by the dis­trict.

The dis­trict’s 17 agri­cul­tural co-op­er­a­tives and 20 agri­cul­tural co-op­er­a­tive teams also op­er­ate ef­fec­tively, he said.

In the 2016-17 pe­riod, the dis­trict’s 10 com­munes have met an aver­age of 10 of the 19 cri­te­ria set un­der the na­tional tar­get pro­gramme for new-style ru­ral ar­eas.

Last year, the aver­age an­nual in­come of res­i­dents in Hoùc Moân reached VNÑ51 mil­lion (US$2,200) per capita.

The dis­trict aims to have an­nual in­come VNÑ63 mil­lion ($2,770) per capita by 2020, ac­cord­ing to the dis­trict’s Peo­ple’s Com­mit­tee.

Ñoã Thò Laâm Tuyeàn, deputy chair­woman of the Peo­ple’s Com­mit­tee, said the dis­trict had mo­bilised more than VNÑ3.16 tril­lion ($139 mil­lion) from var­i­ous sources to im­ple­ment the pro­gramme.

The dis­trict’s 178 farmer house­holds have also do­nated more than 7,400 sq.m of land to up­grade and ex­pand roads in the 2016-17 pe­riod.

Farm­ing house­holds have con­trib­uted more than 2,000 days of work to dredge drainage ditches, and to con­sol­i­date em­bank­ments and lanes in fields.

De­spite th­ese im­prove­ments, par­tic­i­pants at the sem­i­nar said that slow in­vest­ment in in­fra­struc­ture was hin­der­ing progress.

The dis­trict has 18 ru­ral roads un­der con­struc­tion that are be­hind sched­ule be­cause of land clear­ance ob­sta­cles.

Phöôùc said that each com­mune in the dis­trict should es­tab­lish at least one more mod­ern farm­ing

model to im­prove agri­cul­tural value. The mod­els should fo­cus on the dis­trict’s key prod­ucts like veg­eta­bles, mush­rooms, or­chids and or­na­men­tal plants.

The dis­trict’s 50-ha wa­ter spinach area, which is planted un­der Viet­namese Good Agri­cul­tural Prac­tice stan­dards, has a sta­ble out­let.

Nguyeãn Cö, sec­re­tary of the dis­trict’s Party Com­mit­tee, said the new ru­ral area pro­gramme had helped im­prove the lives of res­i­dents. — VNS

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