The practice of minimum tillage potato cultivation with straw overlay has been recognized as a technical innovation by MARD (Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development) and granted a prize by MONRE (Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment) for its economic environmental value. This good practice for winter potato production after 2 rice crops has been developed by PPD (Plant Protection Department of MARD) in partnerships with FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations), Oxfam and farming communities, and introduced for adoption by small scale households in the Northern provinces of Vietnam.
A conference towards further disseminating and up-scaling the adoption of this CA innovation was held on 4 June 2013 in Hanoi, on the occasion of the World Environment Day celebration. Representatives of farmers and officials from 20 provinces attended the conference and expressed their will and need for further development of winter potatoes applying this good practice. The conference was organized as part of Oxfam’s GROW Campaign in Vietnam aiming to improve small-scale farmers’ voice and choices, as well as policy environment and investment on small-scale farmers food production.
Future plan for up-scaling this good practice for potato production in Northern Vietnam includes trainings of farmers and local staff by PPD, provision of incentives to expand potato areas in forms of securing and stabilizing sources of seeds, fertilizers and other production materials by enterprises. Oxfam, as part of the national strategies for FLAIR program and GROW campaign, will continue to support potato value-chain development, said Mrs. Le Nguyet Minh, Oxfam in Vietnam’s Associate Country Director and GROW lead.