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Farmers face obstacles selling organic foods

Update: January, 09/2016 - 09:40
A organic vegetable farm in Tan Lac District, Hoa BInh Province. Farmers and enterprises have met many difficulties in producing and selling organic produce due to the shortage of good seeds, training and cultivated land. — Photo danviet.vn
HA NOI  (VNS) — Farmers and enterprises have met many difficulties in producing and selling organic produce due to the shortage of good seeds, training and cultivated land, said agricultural experts.

Organic agriculture is a production system that sustains the health of soil, ecosystems and people, according to the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM).

Nguyen Thi Lien, owner of the Tue Vien organic farm, told the Kinh te do thi (Economics and Urban) newspaper that farmers did not use fertilisers or chemical plant protection substances to grow organic crops, so they needed vegetables, bulbs and fruit varieties that can resist pestilent insects.

The State should invest more in research about separated seeds for the cultivation of organic vegetables, Lien said.

Hoang Thi Hau, chairwoman of the Thanh Xuan Commune Farmers' Association in Ha Noi's Soc Son District, said that customers' demand for organic vegetables was greater, but expanding the cultivation area was difficult.

Farmers needed more training on the growth of organic vegetables as well as funds to expand their cultivation area.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development should promulgate technology for the cultivation of organic vegetables, she said. The municipal authorities should support the farmers with funds to join fairs and support enterprises in spreading information about organic vegetables' quality so that they could bring the produce to customers more effectively, said Hau.

Dao Duy Tam, deputy director of the municipal Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said that in the future, the department would focus on giving training to farmers and help them change from traditional cultivation to organic crops cultivation.

Coupled with providing information on the organic crops' value to customers, the department plans to ask city authorities to enact policies that encourage enterprises to invest in organic cultivation.

Nguyen Duy Hong, director of the Ha Noi Department of Plant Protection, said that IFOAM and the Viet Nam Association of Organic Agriculture should support Ha Noi with manpower to set up a model of organic vegetables cultivation. — VNS

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