13:14 | 09/07/2016 Society
(VEN) - The VietGAP tea farming model has attracted the attention of local tea producers in the context of increased food safety and chemical residue control.
A VietGAP tea farming model in Dai Tu District, Thai Nguyen Province
Successful VietGAP tea farming models
Tea is a mainstay for people living in northern Vietnam and has become one of the country’s major export earners. VietGAP standards have been applied in many localities in the north.
Thai Nguyen has applied these standards since 2009 and to date has recorded 46 VietGAP tea farming models covering about 600ha, accounting for about 80 percent of its total farming tea area. Thanks to attention to improving tea quality, Thai Nguyen can boast a variety of quality tea products, meeting increasing consumer demand. Income per ha of tea has reached VND100 million.
The Tuyen Quang Province People’s Committee identified tea as a good-oriented plant in the province’s cultivation master plan until 2030. The total area devoted to tea farming will increase up to 8,800ha. According to the plan, water-saving irrigation will be applied to 1,300ha of tea, VietGAP tea farming models will be adopted on 2,390ha and about 33,480 tonnes of tea will be available for domestic and export processing. To date, the province has two VietGAP certified tea processing facilities, 15.6ha VietGAP tea farming models and 20 tea businesses and cooperatives meeting tea processing food safety requirements.
Tea production and sales links in focus
According to Head of the Department of Crop Production’s Industrial and Fruit Plant Division Nguyen Quoc Manh, VietGAP tea farming models have failed to be adopted on a large scale due to loose tea production and sales links. Many tea processing facilities do not have a tea production area and fail to control input materials in terms of chemical residues. Unprocessed tea prices discourage tea farmers and unprocessed tea collection takes too much time.
To expand VietGAP tea farming models, it is necessary to strictly control tea materials in terms of chemical residues. Those tea processing facilities that do not have tea material areas will be suspended. Pesticides allowed to be used on tea plants should be publicized so that tea farmers may easily make a choice between a series of pesticides available in the market. In addition, VietGAP certification costs should be cut while the effective duration should be lengthened. Tea farmers and businesses should be further supported in production, processing and sales of their products, said Director of the National Agriculture Extension Center Phan Huy Thong.