HCMC safe vegetable program fails to reach targets

The Ho Chi Minh City’s safe vegetable program for the phase 2011-2015 has failed to meet targets on farming area under quality standard VietGap, according to the city’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Customers buy VietGap vegetables at a supermarket in District 1, HCMC (Photo: SGGP)

Brand names have yet to be built making it difficult for consumers to recognize safe and VietGap vegetables.

Attending parts of supply chain have not been connected together. Safe vegetables have been paid at prices similar to normal products discouraging producers.

Authorized agencies have been unable to control the quality of safe vegetables in the market especially at processing units.

VietGap has not become a technical barrier to control vegetable quality in the market, it added.

HCMC has 91 communes and towns producing vegetables over a total area of 3,486 hectares. Most concentrates in Cu Chi, Hoc Mon, Binh Chanh and other suburban districts.

So far this year, safe vegetable area and output have hit 15,800 hectares and 375,000 tons, up nearly 19 percent and 34 percent over 2011. Average productivity reaches 25 tons a hectare.

A total of 721 cooperatives, businesses and households have got VietGap certification with a total area of 448 hectares and annual output of 47,082 tons a year.

VietGap vegetable farming models have reduced costs on pesticide, fertilizer and seed by VND30 million (US$1,338) per hectare a year, the department reported.

Besides, the city has reached agreements on safe vegetable production and consumption with other provinces such as Lam Dong, Tay Ninh, Tien Giang, Long An and Vinh Long.

By Nguyen Phuong – Translated by Hai Mien

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