|Chief Representative of INO Mayu speaks at a meeting with Dong Thap province's representatives (Photo: dongthap.gov)
Chief Representative of INO Mayu said the project will be carried out in nine communes of Hong Ngu, Thanh Binh, Cao Lanh, Lap Vo, Chau Thanh districts, and Cao Lanh city; and at 12 local secondary and high schools.
Through the project, local farmers will apply organic cultivation techniques in agriculture production, and improve their livelihood by establishing production groups.
It will also help them increase the value of farm produce, better their skills in processing organic farm products and managing the quality of products, and increase market access opportunities.
According to Deputy Director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Vo Thanh Ngoan, the project not only supports directly farmers but also equips teachers and pupils with organic agricultural knowledge, thus raising their awareness of the importance of protecting the ecosystems and the environment.
Ngoan said agriculture plays a particularly important role in ensuring food security, creating jobs and income for 70% of the local population, and significantly contributing to the province's economic development.
Dong Thap is the second locality in Vietnam to receive support from the Japanese organisation for organic agriculture development. A similar project totaling over US$248,000 funded by STT was implemented in the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre in 2018.