Ninh Binh prioritizes craft development

14:09 | 01/10/2014 Industry

(VEN) - Some crafts in Ninh Binh are slowly dying out due to a lack of suppliers of raw materials, poor product designs, and low sales.

The stone carving village of Van Ninh, Hoa Lu District, Ninh Binh

According to Ninh Binh’s Department of Industry and Trade, as of 2013, Ninh Binh Province’s People’s Committee recognized 75 craft villages, with many of them proving stable business and good development, especially for crafts such as stone carving, embroidery, wood working, rush weaving, and pottery.

Well developed craft villages often have 1-2 regular material suppliers and major buyers, and therefore can operate stably. Annual average revenue per craft village has reached VND17.6 billion and monthly average income per craft worker VND 2.2 million, said Deputy Director of Ninh Binh’s Department of Industry and Trade Hoang Trung Kien.

However, there are some local craft villages seeing declines in production and product consumption such as soft noodle making and bamboo and rattan weaving. In particular, there are three dying out crafts including quilted blanket cotton processing in Nhan Ly Village, Hoa Lu District; and incense stick chopping in Than Luy Village, Nho Quan District, and Van Ha Village, Gia Vien District.

Local craft villages are poorly developed because of a lack of regular material suppliers and major buyers and low wages. For example, rattan and bamboo weaving villages in Nho Quan, Gia Vien and Yen Khanh districts are idling due to a sharp decline in consumption of their traditional products such as sieves, screens, and baskets, according to Hoang Trung Kien.

Deputy Director of Ninh Binh’s Department of Industry and Trade Hoang Trung Kien said “Ninh Binh has nearly 300 enterprises and establishments involved in raw material supply and craft product consumption that are prioritized in terms of support to ensure sustainable growth of local craft villages.”

In addition, the province has not had enough mechanisms and policies to attract investors and is facing difficulties in infrastructure including degraded traffic roads, poorly installed electrical and water supplies and drainage systems.

According to Hoang Trung Kien, Ninh Binh’s Department of Industry and Trade will further support local craft villages in terms of access to national industry promotion programs, trade promotion programs, and development of local strengths to help craft businesses overcome difficulties, create more jobs with stable incomes for rural workers, and effectively preserve traditional crafts.

In addition, short-term vocational training needs to be encouraged along with improved product design, better links between craft facilities and large enterprises to boost consumption, while cooperatives acting as bridge between craft producers and consumers need to be established./.

By Bui Viet