10:11 | 04/09/2015 Science - Technology
Property developer Vingroup on August 28 started construction of a greenhouse vegetable farm in the northern province of Vinh Phuc with a view to supplying fresh vegetables to consumers.
The ground-breaking ceremony of VinEco's greenhouse vegetable farm in Vinh Phuc province
The project, undertaken by VinEco - a subsidiary of Vingroup formed in March - costs an estimated VND1 trillion (US$45 million) and will produce around 3,500 tonnes of vegetables annually using good agricultural practices.
The greenhouse, covering 24.5 hectares in three districts of Vinh Phuc, will be built using advanced technology from the Israeli company Teshuva Agricultural Projects (TAP).
This is the first greenhouse building project between TAP and a Vietnamese partner, says VinEco, adding that the greenhouse will help it ensure stable production and change the crops easily regardless of weather conditions.
It is expected that the first batch of fresh vegetable will be available to the consumers in the fourth quarter of this year through Vingroup’s own system of supermarkets and convenience stores.
Vingroup also has plans to expand its distribution to the whole country and export its produce in the future.
The greenhouse project in Vinh Phuc and another one scheduled to be built in Ho Chi Minh City are VinEco’s solid first steps in realising its ambition of going into sustainable agricultural production.
The company also hopes to change the attitude to agriculture in Vietnam with its projects, encouraging enterprises and farmers to work towards an agriculture with healthy produce for the community./.