09:02 | 21/07/2016 Economy- Society
(VEN) - Businesses have actively invested in agricultural production and processing following organic standards. Organic food is forecast to come closer to consumers after commitments in building stable output for these products made by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Vietnam Organic Agriculture Association and some businesses
Vietnam has faced major challenges due to the using of pesticides, growth stimulants and toxic chemicals in agricultural production. In addition, food processing and environmental pollution have caused negative impacts on human health. Therefore, developing clean agriculture and ensuring food safety and hygiene are top priorities. Many clean agricultural products have been known by consumers such as organic rice, fruits and vegetables and have been available in many nations in the world.
However consumption of organic food products has faced many difficulties in the domestic market due to higher prices. Therefore, distributors are not likely to put these products on store shelves.
Nguyen Dai Thang from the Bao Chau Farm Joint Stock Company said that the company sold eggs and meat separately at the beginning of participating in organic agriculture as Vietnamese consumers could not tell the difference between organic and normal products, leading to exports to the US, Japan and the EU.
Vo Phat Trien from the Viet Duc Food Technology Co., Ltd. said that during 10 years investing in organic products, the company’s soft dried mango has been popular in Germany thanks to clean material sources. Demand on its product has been increasingly higher. However consumption has not achieved satisfactory results in the domestic market.
To build stable output for organic products, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Vietnam Organic Agriculture Association and some businesses have focused on developing the organic food model with the main tasks of promoting links, production and consumption in the domestic market and signing export contracts with foreign partners, while cooperating with localities to introduce organic food to consumers.
Many retailers will also strengthen consumption of organic food in the coming time. Saigon Co.op Deputy General Director Pham Trung Kien said that the company will actively cooperate with suppliers to develop the marketing strategy for high-quality organic food. Each Saigon Co.op supermarket will reserve a place for these products.