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Dong Thap registers to grow 51,900 hectares of low-carbon rice

By T. Huy

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HCMC – The Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap has registered to cultivate 51,900 hectares of low-carbon rice in 2024 to align with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s plan to grow one million hectares of high-quality rice for the green growth of the Mekong Delta.

The Dong Thap government wrote to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to register 51,905 hectares of land for high-quality rice cultivation next year, 70,000 hectares in 2025 and 163,000 hectares in 2030, the Vietnam News Agency reported.

One million hectares of high-quality rice could be considered a model of low-carbon rice cultivation. The project is expected to win support of international partners in terms of financial resources, science and technology, given the global challenges of climate change and food security.

Simultaneously, selling carbon credits via low-carbon rice production will contribute to realizing Vietnam’s commitment to net-zero emissions by 2050.

The plan helps farmers cut costs, improve their farming skills and at the same time adds value to Vietnamese rice and promotes the Vietnamese rice trademark in the international market.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the ministry has worked with the World Bank on the possible carbon credit payment in 2024 for the low-carbon rice cultivation area under the Vietnam Sustainable Agriculture Transformation Project.

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