Citys Hoùc Moân district eyes urban farming
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 Peoples 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 districts new rural areas and tasks for the rest of the year.
Hoùc Moâns 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 districts 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 districts 17 agricultural co-operatives and 20 agricultural co-operative teams also operate effectively, he said.
In the 2016-17 period, the districts 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 districts Peoples Committee.
Ñoã Thò Laâm Tuyeàn, deputy chairwoman of the Peoples Committee, said the district had mobilised more than VNÑ3.16 trillion ($139 million) from various sources to implement the programme.
The districts 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 districts key products like vegetables, mushrooms, orchids and ornamental plants.
The districts 50-ha water spinach area, which is planted under Vietnamese Good Agricultural Practice standards, has a stable outlet.
Nguyeãn Cö, secretary of the districts Party Committee, said the new rural area programme had helped improve the lives of residents. VNS