Viet Nam News
ĐÀ NẴNG — The central city has introduced a new chain of stores selling safe farm produce, the first produce retailer to attain the Việt Nam Agriculture Practice (VietGAP) green label certificate.
The store and safety farms, which were funded by Tâm Nguyên Agriculture Investment and Development Joint Stock Corporation, will supply 270 tonnes of safe vegetables, foodstuff and farm produce each year.
Nguyễn Hải Hà, an official from the company, told Việt Nam News that the corporation will invest VNĐ8 billion (US$354,000) to build a series of stores and farms focusing on safe and organic production.
She said the corporation was the first business in Đà Nẵng investing in chains of safety farms and stores.
She said the company designed a 6.5ha farm in Túy Loan Village of Hòa Vang District to grow vegetable, rice, livestock and poultry in standards of safe and organic farms.
The city has planned seven suburban communes in Hòa Vang District for high-tech farms on a total area of 540ha – a crucial step to boosting high quality and safe agriculture.
According to the city’s agriculture and rural development department, 12 suburban farms were recognised with certifications of safety and quality, as well as brand names.
Last year, the city in co-operation with Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) started a recycling organic waste project.
According to a report from the industry and trade department, the city of one million consumes 145,000 tonnes of seafood and 140,000 tonnes of vegetables per year. However, the city’s 80ha of farms only provide 10 per cent of daily vegetable demand. — VNS