Project workshop in Vietnam discusses sustainable rice cultivation

The Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences recently published on its website an article about a training session that was held in Vietnam by the Institute for Agricultural Environment (IAE) in cooperation with IFAD-IFPRI Project Partnership team members. The text, in Vietnemese, is translated below.

On July 31, 2011, the Institute for Agricultural Environment (IAE), in collaboration with the Agricultural Committee of Dông Lac Village – Nam Sach district, Hai Duong province – organized a training session on “Measures for sustainable rice cultivation to minimize climate change”, in cooperation with IFPRI.  The purpose of the event was to introduce the potential of mitigating climate change through changing agricultural production measures in Viet Nam, and identifying the potential to reduce adverse impacts of climate change in agriculture and to reduce poverty.

In attendance at the training sessions were: the representative of the vice-president of the village, chairmen of cooperatives, media, officers in charge of the environment, farmers’ associations, presidents of womens’ associations, village chiefs, farm households directly involved in the experiments, and farmers from the Dong Ha area. Representatives from CASRAD, and reporters of channel 16 also attended. The training was implemented by Dr. Mai van Trinh, vice-dean of the Institute of Agricultural Environment.

The training session included discussion of:

  • Measures to reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and to organically enrich the soil in the context of climate change
  • Production techniques of fertilizers to increase the accumulation of organic soil
  • Production techniques for biochar (production and usage of biological coal and organic fertilizers from rice straw)

The training attracted the interest of farmers, especially on the use of surplus or by-products in agriculture. The production of organic charcoal from agricultural by-products is a new subject that brings great results in terms of agricultural profits. It is expected that in the near future, many farmers will participate in the application models introduced in the training session.

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