Syngenta Vietnam plan working for farmers

14-Dec-2018 Intellasia | VN Economic Times | 6:00 AM Print This Post

The Good Growth Plan providing direction on safe and sustainable farming practices.

Vietnam is one of the countries most affected by climate change, and over the years Syngenta has been a companion of Vietnamese farmers by bringing its global technology in crop science to help them improve their cultivation practices, adapt to climate change, make crops more efficient, and increase the value of agricultural products.

In 2013, Syngenta launched The Good Growth Plan, with six global commitments: make crops more efficient without more land, water and other inputs, rescue more farmland from erosion, help biodiversity flourish, empower smallholders, help people stay safe, and look after every worker in agriculture. These are also solutions in addressing the global challenge of food security and sustainable development, helping farmers to grow more while preserving natural resources and revitalising rural communities.

The Good Growth Plan in Vietnam focuses on two commitments: “empower smallholders” and “help people stay safe”.

To empower smallholders and enable them to increase productivity, since 2014 Syngenta Vietnam has been building a network of 20 corn and coffee reference farms, from which Syngenta’s experts provide technical know-how and its innovative technology that makes smallholders’ corn and coffee plantation more productive, efficient, and profitable, while preserving the long-term potential of their land.

To improve occupational safety and health in agriculture, each year Syngenta Vietnam provides stewardship training for more than 400,000 smallholders, to help them understand how to use crop protection products at the right dose, right type, right application, and right time, to protect crops from pests and disease while protecting farmers’ health, protecting the environment, and ensuring that agricultural products meet food safety requirements for both domestic and export markets.

Sustainable development must go hand-in-hand with environmental protection, and in 2015 Syngenta launched the “Clean Field, Green Life” campaign, in which its employees, local officials, and farmers in Can Tho city and An Giang, Dong Thap, and Tra Vinh provinces in the Mekong Delta and Nam Dinh province in the north go to fields and public areas to collect empty crop protection packages for safe incineration. More than 25 tonnes of empty crop protection packages were collected for safe incineration and more than 5,000 farmers gained enhanced awareness on how to use crop protection products safely and responsibly to protect their health and the environment.

In addition, since 2017, Syngenta has participated in the “Together farmers protect the environment” project launched by the Vietnam Plant Protection Department. In this project, Syngenta Vietnam coordinated with the Department in eight southern and Mekong Delta provinces to organise 1,256 training classes to enhance awareness on safe and responsible crop protection use for more than 50,000 farmers.

To rescues more farmland and help biodiversity flourish, since 2016 Syngenta has been collaborating with LDC Vietnam, JDE, and an INGO, IDH, to carry out a PPP project in the central highlands. Nearly 4,000 coffee farmers and nearly 4,500 ha of coffee in Lam Dong province have benefited from this project, and more than 3,000 farmers in Dak Lak, Dak Nong, and Gia Lai provinces will benefit in the second phase of the project.

Sustainability of agriculture depends on biodiversityfor plant breeding, for pollination, and for the diversity of our diet. More than one-third of the world’s agricultural crops depend on pollination but pollinator populations have been falling in many countries. Since 2016, Syngenta Vietnam has been in working with the Bee Research centre at the National Institute for Animal Sciences to carry out the “Safe and effective use of CP products to preserve honey bees and pollinators” project, which provides training for more than 700 farmers and beekeepers in Hanoi and Ha Tinh, Hung Yen, and Hoa Binh provinces in the north to raise awareness about the benefits and roles of pollinators in agriculture production and agricultural biodiversity in Vietnam.

Syngenta’s tireless efforts in the Good Growth Plan show a strong commitment to the livelihoods of Vietnamese farmers and the future of agriculture, as confirmed by Weraphon Charoenpanit, general director of Syngenta Vietnam. “We will continue to support Vietnamese farmers with our innovative products and technical know-how to help create vibrant, productive rural communities, and we want to work with the government, research institutions, NGOs, and other academics to contribute more to Vietnam’s agricultural sustainability,” he said.


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