Updates from SRD: Thai Nguyen and Phu Tho Provinces

From 15th to 16th January 2009, SRD had meetings with the Plant Protection Subdepartment (PPSD) in Phu Tho and PPSD Thai Nguyen about SRI programs in 2009 and 2010. Both PPSD Thai Nguyen and PPSD Phu Tho showed their strong commitment to SRI programs.

PPSD Phu Tho committed to applying SRI on 3% of a total paddy land of Phu Tho in 2009 and 10% in 2010. In 2009, they plan to apply SRI in two communes in a new district (Tan Son), while two communes in Lam Thao district will apply SRI on 50% of total paddy land in each commune. Each other commune in Lam Thao district will implement one SRI model (of more than one hectare each) using funds from the District People’s Committee.

PPSD Phu Tho also cooperated with Song Hong Cooperative to implement two SRI models in Ha Hoa district, and with the Centre for Rice Seed Production to implement one SRI model in Cam Khe district.

PPSD Thai Nguyen committed to applying SRI on 2,5% of a total paddy land in Thai Nguyen in 2009 and 7,5% in 2010. In 2009, the PPSD plans to apply SRI in two communes in a new district, Phu Luong. In Pho Yen district, two communes will apply SRI on 40% of total paddy land, while ten other communes will apply SRI on five hectares in each commune. Thai Nguyen will also implement two SRI models in each of six other districts, using funds from the Province People’s Committee.

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