The Department of Industry and Trade in Ho Chi Minh City recently held a ceremony to introduce vegetable producers applying VietGAP standards to Saigon Co.opMart, in order to boost their market demand.
Initially, Saigon Co.opMart has signed contracts with 16 companies, of which nine are in Ho Chi Minh City, and the rest are in Lam Dong and Ninh Thuan Provinces. The contracts will benefit three parties, namely, producers, traders, and consumers.
Nguyen Thi Hanh, CEO of Saigon Co.opMart, shared that currently Co.opMart supermarkets consumed 120 tons of vegetables a day. In the near future, vegetables under VietGap standards will account for 60 percent of the total amount of vegetables sold via the network. Meanwhile, at Co.opMart supermarkets in the City, VietGap vegetables now account for more than 90 percent.
VietGap vegetables sold by Saigon Co.opMart will be priced 10-15 percent lower than in markets as the company buys vegetables sans middle men and is part of the price subsidized program.
The Department of Industry and Trade said that it will continue to view other supermarket networks to carry out their commitment to support and encourage firms to concentrate on producing safe vegetables for consumer demand in the City. In addition, the City will also introduce via pilot schemes a food-safety market model at Ben Thanh and Hoc Mon wholesale markets.