Farmers encouraged to plant new maize strain to rise productivity

The Department of Plant Protection encouraged farmers to plant new strain of genetically modified (GM) maize to increase productivity.

Farmers encouraged to plant new maize strain to rise productivity

According to the Department, lately, farmers have planted over one million hectare of maize a year producing 4.6 million tons a hectare.
Annually, the country has spent a big sum buying maize for processing animal feed for domestic demand. For instance, last year, Vietnam imported 8.3 million tons of maize.
The Ministry said that the planting area will be maintained the same yet the Ministry encouraged farmers to use new strains, new cultivation and machines in planting.
The new strain help resisting insect and unfavorable factors as well as improveproductivity and quality.
New strain of GM maize proved a success when it was used in 2015; productivity was increased and farmers’ revenue was raised.
In 2016, new strain maize was planted in 10 percent of the country’s growing area.
As per the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA)’s report, the country is one of nations of most maize consumption in the world with growth rate of 12 percent.

By DANG CONG – Translated by UYEN PHUONG

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