13:00 | 01/08/2020 Culture & Tourism
(VEN) - The lotus, Vietnam’s national flower, is blooming throughout Kim Lien Commune in the central province of Nghe An’s Nam Dan District - the motherland of President Ho Chi Minh, making the locality increasingly attractive to visitors and providing jobs for local residents.
|Visiting a lotus village in Kim Lien Commune|
Kim Lien Commune has 123.5ha of ponds and lakes. Local authorities encourage residents to grow the lotus in order to attract visitors. Previously, commune households farmed fish, earning humble incomes.
The People's Committee of Kim Lien Commune turned 3.9ha of fish ponds into lotus planting areas and introduced 52 lotus varieties for cultivation. Nguyen Quang Loc, Vice Chairman of the Kim Lien Commune People's Committee, said the flowers are now found throughout the commune, in and around houses and offices.
Taking advantage of the lotus
In the lotus season, the Sen Que Bac (Uncle Ho Motherland Lotus) Cooperative attracts 2-3 groups of visitors daily, mostly from Nghe An Province’s Vinh City, and nearby Ha Tinh Province.
Loc said the local authorities hope lotus-based tourism development will create more jobs and are seeking help in tourism development, including tourist infrastructure construction and human resources training, among others.
Nguyen Thi Hong, Deputy Director of the Sen Que Bac Cooperative, said apart from processed products, the cooperative produces lotus-based souvenirs, and its products are sold in major cities, and will soon be exported to the US. The cooperative has formed beautiful lotus areas to welcome visitors.
The Sen Que Bac Cooperative will work with households throughout Nam Dan District to grow the best lotus varieties
and produce and sell lotus-based products.