09:27 | 05/07/2017 Society
The northern province of Quang Ninh will develop the “One Commune, One Product” (OCOP) programme into an important economic development scheme, with a focus on agricultural and non-agricultural production.
During a conference in Quang Ninh on July 4 to launch the scheme’s second stage 2017-2020, Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Long said the OCOP program began in October 2013 and ended its first stage in December 2016.
During the second stage, the province will strive to own 250 high-quality OCOP products by 2020, including at least 12 provincial-level products of four to five stars, six others qualified to join the national value chain, and one to two products competitive enough in the global market.
To that end, Quang Ninh will zone off production area and complete production chain, from seedlings to harvest, preservation, processing and consumption. Further attention will be paid to personnel training and technology transfer.
It will also mobilise the involvement of agriculture and rural development, science-technology, industry and trade, tourism, cultural and financial sectors together with scientists and businesses in the effort.
Each year, units and households joining the program must vie for a competition to choose the best OCOP products which will receive trade promotion support.
Concluding the first stage from 2013-2016, Quang Ninh built 210 OCOP products, including 99 meeting 3-5 star standards. More than 180 economic establishments and households joined the program.
A chain of OCOP points of sale have been open in all 14 districts, towns and cities with product values up 20-30 percent.
Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee and head of the OCOP program management board Dang Huy Hau said in the near future, Quang Ninh will provide training and grant certificates to chief executive officers of businesses, chiefs of cooperatives and business owners in several universities and vocational training colleges.
Sub-projects will be launched to tap the province’s strength in agriculture and rural areas in combination with economic development in mountainous and island communes such as Ngoai Van – Yen Tu green herb valley, Tien Yen – Binh Lieu culture and tourism village, and Van Don – Co To community-based tourism.
In 2018, Quang Ninh will begin inspecting OCOP product quality.