Development projects to take over garlic farms in Khanh Hoa Province

The central province of Khanh Hoa is planning to relocate the garlic farming area from Ninh Phuoc Commune, to make way for development projects in Ninh Hoa Town.

Hundreds of hectares of garlic farming area will be wiped out to make way for development projects in Ninh Phuoc Commune of Khanh Hoa Province (Photo: SGGP)

From 2007-2009, the province had approved three projects which will require land in Ninh Phuoc Commune. They include Van Phong petroleum bonded warehouse, Petrolimex oil refinery complex and the Sumitomo thermal power plant.

At first, provincial authorities decided that all residents of Ninh Phuoc Commune would relocate to Ninh Thuy Commune, where soil is conducive for garlic cultivation, and being near the sea, fishermen too could continue their livelihood.

However, the area has been earmarked for the Ninh Thuy residential area project belonging to the Hoan Cau Company, which is on hold for the last several years.

Khanh Hoa Province then decided to divide Ninh Phuoc Commune into sectors so as to relocate people to different locations, as there is not enough land for the entire commune to move in.

None of the residents in the commune wanted to leave their land as they are earning a good livelihood from garlic farming. Ninh Phuoc is known as the second Ly Son, the island district famous for garlic cultivation in Quang Ngai Province.

Within the last ten years, Ninh Phuoc Commune has farmed hundreds of hectares of garlic, which has become the main staple of the local people.

According to Do Thi Du, chairman of the People’s Committee, Ninh Phuoc garlic quality and output is not inferior to Ly Son garlic. Garlic farming in Ninh Phuoc Commune even yields more profit, due to good weather and better soil.

Just when Ninh Phuoc garlic has become popular, local residents are facing relocation, Du laments.

According to the plan, about 1,500 households who live on fishing will be relocated to Quan hamlet in Ninh Tho Commune over an area of about 40 hectares.

The remaining households that live on garlic farming and other means will move to Ninh Thuy Commune on 100 hectares of land.

Relocation will be in two phases. In the first phase, about 900 households from Ninh Giang and Ninh Yen hamlets will be moved. Three year later, in the second phase, people from Ninh Tinh hamlet will be relocated.

People in Ninh Phuoc Commune are very concerned as the area where they will be relocated is rather arid, and fear that land for farming for a five member family will not exceed 200 square metres.

By Van Ngoc - Translated by Hai Mien

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