Vietnam: VietGAP Standard brings higher profits for farmers

Thirteen out of 14 pilot models for vegetable production nationwide have received VietGap certificates as part of the Food and Agricultural Products Quality Development and Control Project (FAPQDCP). The project, which runs from 2008 to 2014, is funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and implemented by the National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department, local stakeholders and Montreal University.


Hydroponic vegetable production in HCM City-based Agriculture Hi-tech Park. Application of VietGap standards in fruit and vegetable production has brought higher profits for farmers compared to normal production methods, experts have said.

It aims to improve quality, food safety and marketability of agricultural produce by strengthening application of good production and processing practices and supervision, and expand Good Agricultural Practices to more areas. Apart from providing technical support, the project has helped producers and distributors with packaging, building brands, and marketing to ensure outlets for the vegetables.

All vegetables grown under the pilot project have met GAP requirements. No crop protection residues have been found in vegetable samples, according to the city Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Profits have been increased significantly since participants have joined the project, it said.

Jim Lee, a Canadian technical specialist, suggested that small farmers form large-size farming to facilitate the application of Vietgap. The city's Department of Agriculture and Rural Development also said that training on VietGap standards and Good Manufacturing Practices for farmers should be continued. Activities promoting consumption of Gap-certified products should also be enhanced.

Source: saigon-gpdaily.com.vn

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