Hanoi boosts trade of farm produce with provinces

15:00 | 20/02/2020 Economy- Society

(VEN) - In recent years, Hanoi has launched and implemented many cooperative programs to expand trade in farm produce with other provinces and cities, ensuring sufficient supply for residents and visitors to the capital and enabling businesses, cooperatives and producers from other provinces/cities to access modern retail facilities in the capital.

hanoi boosts trade of farm produce with provinces
Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Do Thang Hai (right) visits booths at the 2019 goods supply-demand conference

Nguyen Duy Luong, Director of the Son La Province Department of Industry and Trade said that after almost three years of cooperation, Son La has provided Hanoi-based supermarkets with special agricultural products including mangoes, plums and longan, while the province purchased other products, including electronics and household appliances, from Hanoi.

Lao Cai Province has 70 certified safe agricultural product chains, including 52 suppliers for Hanoi and neighboring provinces and 254 safe product lines with electronic traceability stamps of 60 enterprises or cooperatives. Nguyen Xuan Nhan, Deputy Director of the Lao Cai Province Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said the northern province’s One Commune One Product (OCOP) Program in Hanoi offered opportunities for provincial producers to sell products to the capital and other domestic markets while helping distributors in Hanoi to look for reputable provincial producers for joint ventures and cooperation.

The promotion of trade exchange between Hanoi and other localities has contributed to promoting economic growth and helped businesses sign more Vietnamese farm produce contracts, and change their thinking about production technology investment, product design and product quality.

Nguyen Thi Mai Anh, Deputy Director of the Hanoi Investment, Trade and Tourism Promotion Center said that in 2019, Hanoi worked with many provinces and cities including Dien Bien, Lai Chau, Bac Ninh, Ha Tinh, Nghe An, Quang Binh, Hung Yen, Nam Dinh, Ha Nam, Da Nang, and Binh Duong. Hanoi authorities and sectors assisted those localities in farm produce branding and helped them sell products to supermarkets, restaurants, and hotels in the city, she said. Many products became one of the first choices of Hanoi consumers, Anh added.

The website on safe agricultural products in Hanoi, https://nongsanantoanhanoi.gov.vn has provided information on 300 reputable suppliers and over 400 points of sales, raising the value of Vietnam’s agricultural products. Through the website, many products of such provinces as Bac Giang, Quang Ninh, Son La and Ninh Thuan have been introduced to consumers, reaching more than VND1 trillion in revenues in Hanoi. In particular, more than 200 new local suppliers have brought their goods into the distribution networks of VinMart, Big C and Saigon Co.op Hanoi.

Vu Tien Loc, chair of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), said Hanoi is not only a retail hub but also a wholesale center, from where goods are delivered to provinces in the Red River Delta region. In particular, Hanoi is now strengthening the development of e-commerce trading floors, offering opportunities for suppliers to promote product consumption.

However, the production scale and capacity of some businesses and farming households remain small, posing difficulties in integrating their goods into modern distribution systems. In addition, localities lack coordination in assessing market demand, creating a glut in the capital city, resulting in price drops.

Nguyen Gia Phuong, director of the Hanoi Investment, Trade and Tourism Promotion Center, said the center will boost investment attraction in trade, services and high-tech, and strengthen demand-supply connections between Hanoi and various provinces. In addition, the center will continue to introduce Hanoi’s tourist destinations in key markets.

During the 2018-2019 period, Hanoi cooperated with other provinces and cities to organize 24 supply-demand connection conferences and activities, and 19 weeks of fresh fruits and agricultural product fairs.

Nguyen Hanh