Farmers benefit from co-operation


CAN THO (VNS)— Farmers in two Can Tho communes increased their profit margin by almost 50 per cent in last year's winter-spring crop by pooling land and other resources.

A conference held in the Mekong Delta city on Wednesday also heard that in Vinh Thanh District's Thanh An and Thanh Loi communes, an average profit of VND16.6 million (nearly US$800) per hectare were earned from applying the large-field model.

Under this model, many small farmers pool their land to achieve economies of scale.

Growing interest has helped Can Tho City increase the total area under the model from 1,800ha during last year's crop to 9,100ha now, the conference heard.

In Thoi Lai and Vinh Thanh districts, the area has expanded from 500ha and 700ha to 3,800ha and 3,200ha respectively.

Nguyen Van Phuoc, chairman of the Vinh Thanh People's Committee, said the large-field model has catalysed local development by increasing produce value and boosting farmers' incomes.

Three years after it was first adopted, 200 households in Thanh An Town established the Dong Van Co-operative by pooling 400ha of rice fields.

By exchanging information on cultivation methods and quality of strains, they farmers were able to extract maximum yield from their fields.