Launching the contest: “Climate-smart rice cultivation process”contest for farmers to promote sustainable farming
Can Tho City, August 10th, 2017 – For the first time, a knowledge contest on "Climate-smart rice cultivation process" for small farming holders in Mekong Delta region will be organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), GIZ and Bayer Vietnam. With an aim to strengthen the nutritional and economic situation for both consumers and rice farmers, the contest will help to promote the improved efficiency and sustainability along the value chain via better knowledge transfer and innovative technologies.
This is one of the activities under the project Better Rice Innitiative Asia – BRIA in the framework of Integrated Coastal Management Programme (ICMP), tasked by the agricultural team of BRIA/ICMP. The BRIA project has been jointly implemented over the last two year in three Mekong Delta provinces (Dong Thap, Hau Giang and Kien Giang), whose partners are Bayer and GIZ in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Leadership Better Rice Initiative Asia project (BRIA)
The “Climate-smart rice cultivation process” contest has been launched in the workshop on Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model review and application of rice quality standards and rice quality control system in Mekong Delta. This is a contest to raise awareness on the region's climate change and adaptive farming practices for BRIA member cooperatives, supporting small farming holders to create innovative rice farming models and new applications in response to climate change impacts. Thereby, the contest enables more channels for scientific exchanges and techniques of rice cultivation between cooperatives and production households as well as creating the platform for further propagation and replication of models in harnessing high efficiency rice cultivation techniques suitable with new farming conditions in the region.
Mr. Kohei Sakata, Managing Director of Bayer Vietnam, Leadership BRIA project opening the contest
The knowledge test will be held on September 21st 2017 in Can Tho, through three rounds; Round 1: each co-operative representative will be tested with the knowledge on "Climate-smart rice cultivation process" model; Round 2: quickly responding to the application of knowledge learned in the previous rounds to the rice cultivation process; and Round 3: 21 cooperatives will work together to become major cooperatives, share experiences and solutions asked by the jury panel about the process of rice cultivation in response to climate change impacts.
Contestants are 21 cooperatives, including production and business associates who have been lauded by the Farmers' Union at all levels in recent years, participated in the BRIA project and implementing in 7 Mekong Delta provinces in ICMP project (An Giang, Dong Thap, Hau Giang, Soc Trang, Bac Lieu, Ca Mau and Kien Giang).
The award structure includes: 1 first prize with a value of 20 million; 1 second prize with a value of 10 million; 19 consolation prizes with a value 1 million each. Total value of the prize is 50 million VND.
Mrs. Nguyen Thi Phuong Nga from GIZ Vietnam shared BRIA project
Mrs. Nguyen Thi Phuong Nga from GIZ Vietnam said “The contest aims to raises consolidate and improve the awareness of farmers on sustainable climate-smart cultivation process, which has been introduced by the project through the public-private partnership (PPP) pilot model. The pilot model results have proved the efficiency of the new cultivation process, which helps to decrease the inputs costs including water irrigation reduction, increase certified rice seeds usage and rice quality, establish and enhance market linkage, increase farmers’ income. The contest is expected to lay foundation for the model scaling up in the future”.
Mr. Tran Van Nhan, Deputy Director Agriculture Extension Center in Dong Thap province said: “With new and practical content, the contest will helps us as cooperatives to jointly solve the problems of farming practices in response to global climate change. As a result, we believe the contest will be widespread and effective in propagating and replicating the model of "Climate-smart rice cultivation process", improving the sustainability of the value chain as well as transferring the necessary knowledge in the application of advanced technologies in cultivation.”
Through the contest, Mr. Kohei Sakata, Managing Director of Bayer Vietnam sent a message to cooperatives and farmer households across the country: “The impact of climate change is getting really visible, especially to the Mekong Delta’s agriculture. In order to adapt to climate change, a smart rice cultivation process and adaptation to the actual situation of climate change are necessary. The contest is an opportunity for farmers to exchange experiences in order to improve their production more effectively and develop a sustainable market oriented enterprise. After the competition, we hope to see innovative and sustainable farming practices on the fields. We are committed to the development of Vietnam agriculture and to accompany farmers in harnessing advanced solutions on broader scales.”
MARD, GIZ, Bayer Vietnam and other relevant stakeholders launch the contest together
More information about Better Rice Innitiative Asia project – BRIA project
BRIA aims at improving rice value chains (which includes rice based nutrition components) in Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam). BRIA’s focus is to strengthen the nutritional and economic situation of smallholders, both consumers and rice farmers. Improved efficiency and sustainability along the value chain shall be achieved through better knowledge transfer and innovative technologies.
GIZ in partnership with Bayer Vietnam to implement this project in 3 Mekong Delta provinces such as Dong Thap, Hau Giang and Kien Giang form 01/10/2014 to 30/11/2017. BRIA Vietnam has operated in three key components namely: creation and strengthening of public private partnerships; the rice quality control system strengthened, sustainable production and quality of Vietnamese rice increased in order to achieve an overall goal “Livelihood options for rice farmers in three provinces have been improved through an ecologically sustainable increase in rice production and an improved linkage to quality markets”.
Mr. Tran Xuan Dinh, Deputy Director Department of Crop Production MARD evaluation PPP model review
In the program, the workshop on Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model review – BRIA/ICMP (representatives of government, enterprises and cooperatives) in the framework of Integrated Coastal Management Program (ICMP) by Ministryof Agriculture and Rural Development Department coordinated with GIZ and Bayer Vietnam organization share review PPP model implementation in 3 provinces (Dong Thap, An Giang, Hau Giang) and provide policy recommendation for model improvement and scaling up.
In addition, the workshop on application of rice quality standards and rice quality control system in Mekong Delta by MARD, GIZ, Bayer Vietnam and other relevant stakeholders will share application of rice quality standards and quality control system in Vietnam – issues and constraints are identified and recommendations on promoting the application of rice quality standard SRP and others in Vietnam and ways forward.
Delegate shares the performance evaluation of the PPP model
GIZ is German federal enterprise. GIZ supports the German government in promoting international cooperation for sustainable development. From 1993 until now, GIZ has been implementing in 25 projects and programmes in Vietnam in the 3 main fields:
- Vocational Training
- Climate policy and sustainable natural resources use with focus on bio-diversity, sustainable forest management, climate change adaptation and integrated coastal eco-system management.
- Energy (focus on renewable energy and efficiency use)
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