|Many farm households in remote areas in Lao Cai have applied IT to agricultural production and sales, making them to become "digital farmers".
The main crop of tangerine in Muong Khuong district, Lao Cai province, will be harvested in one month.
But Vang Thi Hoa of Lung Khau Nhin commune is already promoting her orchard on social networks. Over the past two years, online marketing has helped her family sell more tangerines.
"When tangerine trees are in bloom, I begin making videos to show how well we’ve taken care of the trees," Hoa told VOV.
The image of Mong and Pa Di people in the border district of Muong Khuong live-streaming sales has become familiar on social networks. This method has brought very good sales results. IT has made farmers be more confident in interacting with customers and better able to fulfill customers' orders on time.
Ma Thi Chu of Muong Khuong town said, “When I do livestreaming, if viewers find it interesting, they can share it with others. This is one of the fastest ways to cover the market.”
|IT has made farmers be more confident in ways of thinking in production and trading.
Applying IT to agricultural production and sales in Lao Cai doesn’t just mean online sales. Farmers have started using QR codes, e-trading floors, and software-controlled farm machinary.
Tran Manh Thang of Ben Sen commune is using drones to spray pesticides on tea plants, affirming, “The software tells us when it’s time to spray the pesticide.”
According to Le Thanh Hoa, Head of the Agriculture and Rural Development Section of Muong Khuong district, “In the future, we’ll show farmers how to build websites to prmote Muong Khuong agricultural products and organize training courses to teach them how to use technology in sales and production.”
Agricultural products in Muong Khuong district now use QR codes for origin tracing and many orchards have automatic irrigation systems and have been assigned planting area codes.