PHU YEN (VNS)— The trade village of Phu My in central Phu Yen Province's An Dan Commune has won a contract to export the first batch of 200 basket boats to Switzerland.
The modest deal represents a valuable opportunity for the village to advertise its traditional product.
The small, round bamboo boats, literally known in Vietnamese as thuyen thung, are typically used for tuna fishing, especially in southern and central provinces.
"Prices of the exported basket boats are reasonable from VND900,000-2.5 million ($43-119), depending on size," said Truong Thi Bich Kieu, who owns a production facility in the commune. "It's now the fishing season so we have to speed up production in order to fill orders from domestic clients," she said.
Her facility, she said, has created dozens of jobs for local people that offer a monthly salary of VND3 million ($143), which is much higher than the local average.
Kieu said that raw materials for boat production were plentifully available, but each household needed at least VND50-100 million ($2,380-4,760) for inventory.
"That's the business! But we need financial assistance to establish groups and expand production," she said.
Chairman of People's Committee of An Dan Commune Tran Huu Hieu said the local authorities would help villagers develop the new trade.
The village exported its first basket boats to Thailand last year when this country was struggling with its worst flood in history. — VNS