Funds for Mekong vegetable farmers

Norwegian Government pledged US$1.4 million to increase the quality of Vietnamese vegetables farmers.
     The fund is signed by the Government of Norway and the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in support of an FAO Vegetable Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Programme in South and Southeast Asia.
     The second phase of the programme aims to reduce pesticide use on vegetable production and to increase farmers’ incomes. Farmers will learn ecologically sound and economically viable crop management skill to meet Safe Vegetable Standards issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
     The first phase launched in 1996 has proven an effective approach of training. Over 40,000 Vietnamese farmers have received training in the field about sustainable crop production and in Farmer Field Schools.
     The programme will benefit the five greater Mekong Subregion countries of Viet Nam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Yunnan Province of China during 2005-07.

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