June 29, 2022 | 12:54 GMT +7

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US$ 3 million-valued project for vegetables in Northern Vietnam

(VAN) Using non-refundable ODA, the project for ‘Strengthening safe crop value chains in Northern Vietnam’ will be implemented in 7 key provinces from 2022 to 2026.
Mr. Le Quoc Thanh, Director of the National Agricultural Extension Center, spoke at the kick-off meeting of the Project for 'Strengthening safe crop value chains in Northern Vietnam'. Photo: Bao Thang.

Mr. Le Quoc Thanh, Director of the National Agricultural Extension Center, spoke at the kick-off meeting of the Project for “Strengthening safe crop value chains in Northern Vietnam". Photo: Bao Thang.

On June 6, in collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the National Agricultural Extension Center held a kick-off meeting for the project "Project for strengthening safe crop value chains in Northern Vietnam".

Mr. Le Quoc Thanh, Director of the National Agricultural Extension Center, said that Vietnamese agricultural products are gradually integrating with the region and the world in the trend of globalization and integration. Food quality, hygiene, and safety are the top concerns, both for managers and consumers.

"Improving the quality of vegetables and fruits, moving towards stability in quality and food safety in the direction of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) is essential to enhance the competitiveness of Vietnamese vegetables and fruits in the region and the world", Mr. Thanh emphasized.

Based on the results from the pilot project of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on building a common raw material area in Son La province, as well as a pilot project on community agricultural extension to support cooperatives and develop raw material areas in Son La province, the National Agricultural Extension Center and JICA will deploy the upcoming project in 7 provinces including Hanoi, Ha Nam, Hung Yen, Hai Duong, Bac Ninh, Nam Dinh, and Son La. The project implementation budget is US$ 3 million, implemented within four years, from 2022 to 2026.

The project uses non-refundable ODA funded by the Government of Japan and approved by the Prime Minister. On April 28, 2022, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development issued Decision 1561/QD-BNN-HTQT approving and assigning the National Agricultural Extension Center to preside over the project development.

The conference on June 6 is considered the first time to kick off the project. The project will focus on capacity building to promote human resources, expand safe crops, produce and manage cooperatives to grow safe crops, encourage partnerships among stakeholders in the value chain, and improve food safety enforcement capacity.

The agricultural extension system, which acts as a bridge between the state, scientific research agencies, and farmers, and the market, has proposed some project implementation activities. Specifically: Developing criteria and selecting local cooperatives, training of trainers (ToT); developing a plan to promote the expansion of safe crops; providing training on the market surveys for cooperatives; sharing Japan's experience on value chains...

JICA representative in Vietnam project kick-off meeting at the headquarters of the National Agricultural Extension Center on June 6. Photo: Bao Thang.

JICA representative in Vietnam project kick-off meeting at the headquarters of the National Agricultural Extension Center on June 6. Photo: Bao Thang.

In order to help people produce according to the technical process and create conditions to promote production in key agricultural regions of the country, serving domestic consumption and export, the National Agricultural Extension Center will establish the Central Project Management Units (CPMU) and Provincial Project Management Units (PPMUs). It is expected that in August 2022, about 18 officials of CPMU and PPMUs will go to Japan for training.

Emphasizing the project's pervasiveness and community significance, Mr. Le Quoc Thanh, Director of the National Agricultural Extension Center, Mr.Le Quoc Thanh expressed: "The project plays an important role towards promoting safe crop production sustainably in the project areas, serving the national target on new rural areas, the project on community extension and the project on restructuring the agricultural sector".

The Project for "Strengthening safe crop value chains in Northern Vietnam" is the third time that the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and JICA have collaborated. Previously, the two sides had successfully cooperated in building fundamental GAP, making basic GAP a technical process for safe vegetable production in 2014, as well as developing sales channels for safe crops.

Mr. Murooka Naomichi, Deputy Head of JICA Vietnam Representative, clearly indicated the requirements for the agricultural cooperatives participating in the project. Specifically, each cooperative must have at least 20 members, belong to 7 provinces in the project area, and have at least 1 hectare of farming land.

"We will be flexible in choosing cooperatives, both with good agricultural practices and those without. Based on the local situation, we will assess the real motivation of each object to participating," said Mr. Naomichi.

To clarify the process of human resource training for the project, JICA commits that the project will have training courses in Japan for agricultural extension officers at all levels in the next four years. The purpose is for Vietnam's agricultural industry to gradually shift towards economic development, integrating multi-values.

Author: Bao Thang

Translated by Ha Phuc

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