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Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City’s farms enjoy solid growth

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A farmer takes care the fresh vegetable garden at Cu Chi District, HCM City. – VNA/VNS Photo Manh Linh.

The city’s vegetable cultivation last year reached 15,370 ha, up 9.5 per cent over 2015, yielding more than 419,100 tonnes of vegetables, a year-on-year increase of 18 per cent.

Viet Nam News
Jan 2, 2017

Excerpt:

Speaking at a meeting in HCM City last week to review the city’s agricultural sector performance last year and set tasks for this year, department director Ngueyn Phuoc Trung said the production value of the cultivation sector grew by 3.9 per cent, the animal husbandry sector by 4.5 per cent and the seafood sector by 7.7 per cent.

This was a result of following an urban agricultural model, reducing rice-growing areas of low productivity, and increasing the area for cultivating high-value ornamental trees and safe vegetables as well as dairy farming, he said.

Vegetable cultivation last year reached 15,370 ha, up 9.5 per cent over 2015, yielding more than 419,100 tonnes of vegetables, a year-on-year increase of 18 per cent.

The city had around 2,300 ha under flower and ornamental tree cultivation last year, up 2.2 per cent over 2015, he said.

Trung said the city had a total of 152,744 cows, a year-on-year decrease of 0.7 per cent, with the number of milk cows down but the number of meat cows up.

The city also has 360,000 pigs, equalling the figure of 2015, he said, adding that total aquaculture and seafood output went up by 4.6 per cent over the previous year.

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