11:43 | 29/10/2015 Economy- Society
(VEN) - Hanoi aims to have from 5,000-5,500ha covered by safe vegetables as of 2015 as part of its safe vegetable production and consumption project for the 2009-2015 period. The city has recorded positive results from the project and praises from farmers and related agencies.
Safe vegetable are available at stores in Hanoi
According to Hanoi Plant Protection Department Head Nguyen Duy Hong, the department has coordinated with localities to provide guidance and consultancy for 31 safe vegetable projects covering 2,197ha, with 10 of which have been invested and entered operation; certified 5,100ha as safe enough for consumption this year, including 171ha meeting Vietnamese Good Agricultural Practices (VietGAP) standards, with an annual sales value of more than VND1.2 trillion.
In addition, the department has also organized 818 integrated pest management (IPM) training courses for 24,540 farmers and 825 short-term food safety courses for 66,000 farmers, encouraging farmers to apply new technology instead of pesticides and promotes safe vegetable production and consumption throughout the country’s northern provinces.
Thanks to the department’s efforts, safe vegetable farmers have switched to bio-pesticides, accounting for about 60 percent and reducing related costs by 50 percent. Only one percent of safe vegetable samples have found with residues of pesticide beyond safe limits. Safe vegetable production has increased by 18 percent from 17 tonnes per ha per crop in 2009 to 20 tonnes per ha per crop in 2014, reaching 400,000 tonnes on an annual basis and meeting 40 percent of the local demand, while the production values ranging from VND300-500 million per ha per year. Off-seasonal safe vegetables are cultivated for 3-5 crops per year (3 kohlrabi crops and 5 cabbages), yielding from VND1-2 billion per ha per year.
Safe vegetables often fetch higher incomes of 10-20 percent for farmers than common alternatives. The city now has 8 large safe vegetable semi-processing facilities associated with safe vegetable farming areas, with a daily capacity of 3-7 tonnes and 42 small safe vegetable semi-processing facilities managed by local safe vegetable cooperatives, with a daily capacity of 200 kilos to one tonne.
For traceability, the department has piloted labeling for safe vegetables farmed in Van Duc, Duyen Ha, Thanh Da and Trang Viet since 2011. As of 2014, it had recognized 40 safe vegetable farming facilities via codes. Labeled products have been consumed across Hanoi and neighboring provinces and appreciated by consumers.
The Hanoi Plant Protection Department has filed for registration of the Hanoi Safe Vegetable Label and got approved by the National Office of Intellectual Property of Vietnam. Moreover, it has also petitioned for a project for safe vegetable supply chain for Hanoi, with a view to better meeting the city’ demands.