HCM CITY —
The programme, run by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and various associations and organisations, will stop rice farming on around 1,000ha of low-yield lands, replacing it with vegetables, flowers, bonsai, and aquaculture, according to Le Hong Hoanh, deputy director of the department.
Speaking at a recent conference, she said by 2015 this would increase to 3,500-4,000 hectares.
It would continue to help six communes participating in a pilot rural development programme meet the development criteria set by the Government by 2012, she said.
It would also implement clean water and environmental programmes, equipping 90 per cent of breeding farms with wastewater-treatment facilities, she said.
In the last five years, the programme has enabled more than 30,000 rural households to get loans to build toilets and bio-gas plants.
In the period, agriculture, forestry, and fisheries grew at an average of 5 per cent a year