Ha Noi aims to develop smart agriculture

Saturday, Nov 20, 2021 08:54

Clean vegetable production in the Ngoc Linh Hoa Lac high-tech agro-ecological zone, at Tien Xuan Commune, Thach That District, Ha Noi. — Photo courtesy of Ha Noi Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

The capital city has implemented many high-tech agricultural production models, however, in order to move towards smart agriculture, the city will have to pay more attention to promoting the application of science and technology as well as training high-quality labour resources.

“Developing smart agriculture is a trend for agricultural production around the world and in Viet Nam, including Ha Noi,” said Deputy Director of the Ha Noi Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Ta Van Tuong.

The city currently has 164 hi-tech agricultural production models, including 105 involved in crop production, 39 in livestock, 15 in fisheries and one model combining cultivation and husbandry.

The value of hi-tech agricultural products currently accounts for about 35 per cent of the total value of agricultural production in the city.

Modern technology and equipment in the management of agricultural production to help reduce labour, increase quality and output of agricultural products is considered the most important factor, according to the deputy director.

“We can confirm that high-tech agricultural models are increasingly blooming and bringing efficiency to the city's agriculture,” he said.

The city's agriculture sector has promoted the application of scientific advances to agricultural production, including technology of greenhouses with an automated watering system (in the field of planting), cooling system to help stabilise temperature and humidity, automatic feeding lines, artificial insemination (breeding), using biological products and automatic oxygen generator (aqua-culture).

Ha Noi has promoted the deployment of high-tech agricultural models with smart devices, especially farms growing clean vegetables, flowers and ornamental plants. in most districts, including Me Linh, Gia Lam, Thuong Tin, Dong Anh, Thanh Oai and Dan Phuong.

Tran Duy Quy, Chairman of the Viet Nam Association of Rural Development Sciences, said that developing smart agriculture and applying advanced science and technology to production was very important.

"With a densely populated city like Ha Noi, the application of science and technology in production will help transform traditional agriculture to smart agriculture, thereby increasing incomes for farmers," he said.

“Additionally, it helps solve problems of land shortage, improve the living environment, and reduce pollution.”

Dao The Anh, Deputy Director of the Viet Nam Academy of Agricultural Sciences, said that the city needed to promote training human resources, especially high-quality human resources.

In order to create conditions for the development of smart agriculture, Tuong said that the agricultural department would continue to advise the city authorities to issue policies that are suitable for production practices and mobilise capital resources to implement the smart agricultural revolution.

The city would form a network of businesses and investment services for smart agriculture and rural areas, consider to join the international smart urban network, and promote cooperation between the agricultural industry and information technology for research and innovation in the field of smart agriculture, Tuong said. — VNS

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