Rice cultivation has always been the major farming business for most farmers in the country. Places like Odisha, Andra Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar etc witness the maximum.
Various projects have been introduced in the recent years to making rice cultivation more sustainable.In India farmers are trained and given regular information by different non government and government organisation to benefit the farming as well as agricultural production of rice.
Similarly, about 3,000 farmers from three Mekong Delta provinces will benefit from a project called Better Rice Initiative Asia that has been launched in Can Tho City. Carried out as part of the Integrated Coastal Management Programme, the project aims to promote private-public partnerships along the rice value chain through adoption of a sustainable rice cultivation model harnessing the latest technologies.
Its focus is also to improve the rice value chain as a whole, from input to output, to strengthen the connection between rice production and market consumption to ensure rice quality and market satisfaction, enabling farmers to increase their incomes.
The project aims at increasing farmers’ incomes by at least 30 percent through increasing yields and/or reducing input costs by adopting innovative rice cultivation methods. Furthermore, it said, rice harvested from this project would meet EU quality standards.
"The focus of the project is innovative and synchronised technology solutions, including the use of good seeds, integrated crop management, water and nutrient management, integrated pest management … to utilize effectively rice input, increasing yields and quality, reducing losses and costs, and at the same time increasing labour productivity and farmers’ incomes," Phan Huy Thong, Director of the Viet Nam National Agricultural Extension Centre, said.
The other key stakeholders involved in the project are the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Departments of Agriculture and Rural Development of Dong Thap, Hau Giang and Kien Giang provinces, the International Rice Research Institute, and the Mekong Delta Rice Research Institute.