The Daily Telegraph, 16 September 2015. UTAS scientists receive national honour for improving farmers’ fortunes in Vietnam, by Alex Luttrell.

Note: the University of Tasmania is currently applying for a membership of AusCham.

An edited extract of the original article is reproduced below.

TWO Tassie scientists have been honoured for their grassroots efforts to help poor farmers in Vietnam.

The Government of Vietnam has awarded the Medal for Agriculture and Rural Development to University of Tasmania scientists Associate Professor Peter Lane and Dr Stephen Ives. Both are part of the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture.

The duo has spent the past four years working with Vietnamese scientists, extension workers and farmers to alleviate poverty through sustainable agricultural development.

The award is one of the highest honours given to civilians in Vietnam and was presented for their research and development work with farmers in the mountainous provinces of Son La and Dien Bien, where 75 per cent of families live in poverty.

The project, funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, conducted technical and market research aimed at improving the farmers’ income from beef cattle.

Assoc Prof Lane said the challenge was to investigate ways to overcome the shortage of feed for local cattle during the highlands’ cold dry season…

 

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