15:54 | 04/08/2016 Industry
(VEN) - Ninh Thuan Province has created a range of mechanisms and policies to promote craft production but has yet to achieve desired results. The number of recognized craft villages remains limited, and the effectiveness of craft production is still low.
Apart from three traditional craft villages which have been recognized (Bau Truc, specializing in making ceramics, and My Nghiep, Chung My which are well-known for brocade makers), Ninh Thuan has about 5,000 different craft products such as fish sauce, steamed fish, banh hoi (steamed rolls made of rice-flour), wooden chopsticks, hammocks, and conical hats.
According to the Ninh Thuan Department of Industry and Trade, these three traditional craft villages make annual revenue of more than VND10 billion each, while others are small-sized and still use on-site material resources or maintain manual production modes. The products of these facilities are of low value. The average income of their workers ranges from VND800,000 to VND1 million per person per month. Notably, the province is yet to have large-scale fish sauce and steamed fish production facilities. A lack of brandings and quality assurance also hinder the development of these products despite their potential.
In recent years, Ninh Thuan Province has applied a range of preferential policies and made the most of resources from industry, trade, and e-commerce promotion programs to develop craft villages and rural industries. These efforts have brought good initial results.
Data from the provincial department of industry and trade show that rural businesses and craft production facilities were provided with loans of nearly VND4.36 billion in the 2006-2015 period. The province has used the budget for industry promotion to support the application of modern technologies in production and organize four vocational training courses for local workers. It has spent VND100-150 million to assist rural businesses’ participation in two or three fairs in Ninh Thuan and four or five fairs in other provinces annually.
Bringing into play the cultural persity of ethnic groups, Ninh Thuan Province has created new tours to the craft villages of Cham people, the Po Klong Garai Cham tower complex, grape gardens in Thai An, Vinh Hy Gulf, and Binh Tien Beach. These have become distinctive tours to attract visitors.
Ninh Thuan Province expects the production value of craft villages and rural industrial facilities will grow 16-18 percent annually and reach VND1.4 trillion by 2020, creating jobs for about 12,000 workers and raising worker incomes to VND2.8-3 million per person per month.
To achieve these targets, the province will continue its support for craft facilities to improve product quality, enhance production capacity, and participate in fairs and exhibitions to popularize their products.
Ninh Thuan expects that by 2020 each district/city in the province will have three to five craft villages with two to three local brands; the production value of craft villages and rural industrial facilities will grow 16-18 percent per year, creating 12,000 more jobs.