November 14, 2019

[Corporate News] Bayer Agricademy: Capability development on high-tech and sustainable farming for Smallholder Farmers

Bayer Agricademy is established as a center for knowledge sharing and excellence in advanced farming solution by offering training for local farmers to build-up knowledge and skills on safe, sustainable, profitable, and globally-acceptable crop production.
“With Bayer Agricademy, we would like to support every farmer to become an expert on their own farms, enjoying an increasing productivity, product quality and income. In addition, farmers participating in this advanced training will be the trainer playing an important role to help neighboring farmers to achieve more success in their cultivation,” said Weraphon Charoenpanit, Country Commercial Lead of Crop Science Division, Bayer Vietnam.

Farmers participated in a Bayer Agricademy class

The Bayer Agricademy is designed to provide Vietnamese farmers with advanced knowledge of agronomy, cultivation techniques and integrated pest management solutions. With those, Bayer Agricademy practically helps farmers improve productivity, quality and profit, contributing to the achieving the ultimate goal of Vietnam government in increasing quality of Vietnam agricultural products to be qualified for export, boosting export in agriculture and GDP growth and accelerating the modernization of the industry.
Within the framework of Bayer Agricademy, Bayer cooperates with government science agencies such as SOFRI (Southern Fruit Research Institute) and WASI (Western Highland Agriculture & Forestry Science Institute) to develop tailored and advanced trainings that provide practical information including crop management, pest management, high-tech agricultural solutions and eco-friendly solutions as well as necessary knowledge to develop sustainable and scalable business models that benefit small holder farmers.

 

Dr. Le Quoc Dien, Director of Technology Transfer Centre (SOFRI) shared advanced knowledge and remedies for root rot disease at a Bayer Agricademy class in Tien Giang

Since its first launch in May 2019 to now (October 2019), 13 Bayer Agircademy classes focusing in 2 key Vietnam exporting fruits (pomelo & durina) and coffee had been organized for 900 farmers in the Mekong Delta and the Central Highlands. For the remaining of 2019, the company will open 4 more classes for 200 fruit framers. The program will be continued in 2020 with more classes and crops to be targeted.

Bayer Agricademy class on Successful Coffee tree Replanting with the lecture from Dr. Pham Cong Tri, The Cropping System Department of the Western Highland Agriculture & Forestry Science Institute (WASI)

Bayer’s innovative solutions have made a continual contribution to the goals of the Vietnam government to develop a modern and sustainable agriculture industry. It is also a long-term journey of the company over 25 years to create a strong partnership between the government, farmers, and the private sectors that helps local farmers to increase productivity, saving labor costs, and improving quality and profit in comparison to normal farming cultivation practices. With better yield crops and sustainability, Bayer’s contribution has helped Vietnam agriculture in its rapid transition from quantity to quality to accelerate agricultural export in order to drive GDP growth.

About Bayer
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the life science fields of health care and nutrition. Its products and services are designed to benefit people by supporting efforts to overcome the major challenges presented by a growing and aging global population. At the same time, the Group aims to increase its earning power and create value through innovation and growth. Bayer is committed to the principles of sustainable development, and the Bayer brand stands for trust, reliability and quality throughout the world. In fiscal 2018, the Group employed around 117,000 people and had sales of 39.6 billion euros. Capital expenditures amounted to 2.6 billion euros, R&D expenses to 5.2 billion euros. For more information, go to www.bayer.com, www.bayer.com.vn

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