Da Nang eyes hi-tech farms

Wednesday, Oct 17, 2018 09:33

A farmer harvests melons in Hoa Ninh Commune, Da Nang City. — Photo VGP

Da Nang plans to prioritise a hi-tech agricultural zone in Hoa Vang District to attract more investment in modern farming.

This was one of the key tasks for the last quarter of this year to develop technical infrastructure to attract investment for sustainable economic development associated with the transformation of the city’s growth model, the municipal authority said at a conference this week.

According to Nguyen Do Tam, deputy director of the municipal Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, developing hi-tech and clean agricultural production was critical to ensuring economic efficiency and sustainable agricultural development, given the city’s limited farm land.

The hi-tech agricultural zone will cover 117 hectares in Hoa Ninh Commune, and is awaiting approval.

The city said that to date, seven investors were planning to invest in the zone, including national dairy firm Vinamilk’s VND700 billion (US$29.94 million) cattle farm project, Hapras’s VND60 billion safe vegetable farming project and Greentech’s VND52 billion fruit and vegetable hydroponics project.

The city previously approved seven zones for investment in hi-tech agriculture with a total area of 500 hectares.

According to Dang Phu Hanh, deputy chairman of Hoa Vang District’s People’s Committee, after two years of applying high technologies in agricultural production, more than 20 hi-tech agricultural projects had been developed in the district, bringing significant benefits to farmers.

Recently, Da Nang invested VND10 billion for the district to expand hi-tech agricultural production in Hoa Ninh Commune in 2019.

Dang Van Hong, director of the Da Nang Agricultural-Fishery-Forestry Extension Centre, said the focus would be placed on land planning for hi-tech agriculture investment and providing support for clean farming production and developing value chains. — VNS

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