Ø DIALOGS ACTIVITIES IN HAI DUONG PROVINCE

Since 90s, the program jointly implemented by GRET and VASI in Hai Duong province has brought impressive achievements for locals in different aspects.


With an advantageous geographical location (located on the High way No. 5, close to large cities like Hanoi and Hai Phong), Hai Duong is a Northern prorovince with a fairly developed agriculture sector and focusing on good production towards market. Given such economic advantages of facilities, high community awareness and proactiveness, we set out appropriate approaches by doing action researches to the value chain. As a result, a number of farmer organization patterns have been launched time by time, which help local farmers to jointly produce and access the output market more effectively. Such joint husbandry models (husbandry cooperative groups) and rice seed production groups in Nam Sach district are effective samples:

 

 

The project activities in Hai Duong have started since May, 2003, DIALOGS project aims to:

  • Robust and improve agricultural services in an effort to support and reinforce local farmer groups/organizations

  • Improve and promote agriculture-related sub-sector/value chains

  • Help farmer groups easily getting involved making decision at local level

A project group of 13 collaborators working in Nam Sach, Gia Loc and Thanh Ha support 40 farmer groups with 500 members. These groups have strong partnership with VASI – a key partner of the project, and closely workt with the Division of Agriculture of those districts and Women’s Union of Nam Sach. The four key activities in Hai Duong include:

  • Complete and duplicate the husbandry cooperative model in Nam Sach

  • Support high quality breed production aiming at input supply promotion in Nam Sach and Gia Loc

  • Develop vegetable value chain in Gia Loc

  • Organize lychee value chain in Thanh Hoa in order to achieve certificate of origine


Husbandry – Veterinary development
 

Provide new veterinary services to raisers in the local regions: create linkages between farmer organizations (raiser groups. cooperatives) and private enterprises (private veterinary associations). This association will be established in coming time with the support of the project and local Veterinary Station. Currently, the onsite project team is doing assessment on demands of the local raisers and coooperation possibilities between farmer organizaitons and private the veterinary Association. The preparation and assignments held by each veterinarian as well as defining the linkages among them for further making activity plan in coming time have been done.

Reinforce veterinary activities in order to improve the quality of veterinary related services on site, the project officer will provide technical assistance to organize private agencies into an association and help operating this newly-established association:

  • Set out financial management mechanism, information communication, human resources management, and so on

  • Organize meetings with local authorities and veterinary agencies to discuss about cooperation possibilities between the Association and abovementioned entities

  • Make effect on specialized agencies and local authorities in terms of legal amendment and policy making to rubost the development and operation of the Association

  • Assist specialized agencies to set up information communication channels to prevene diseases

  • Provide consulting service in animal vaccination and disease prevention


Vegetable value chain development

  • Publicize advantage and challenge related information concerning vegetable value chain development in Gia Loc (environment, productivity, competitiveness, etc.) to all stakeholders including growers, traders and authorities at all levels.

  • Support initiatives, new technologies and cultivation practices in order to maximize the economic efficiency, resource and competitiveness. This support will be done through establishing farmer groups, doing trials and demonstration models on new technology application such as soil treatment, fertilization, micro organic manure application, etc. It is expected that these farmer groups wil be duplicated and widely developed in coming time. In addition, other technical assistance will be also available such as setting up nurseries, making seedling bags, new cultivation practices to ease pressure on soil, growing vegetable out of season in order to increase the yield, IPM application and doing trials on new crops. These activities will be done in cooperation with Division of Agriculture and District Plant projection station.

  • Support stakehoders involved in the value in enhancement of production and market linkages. In particular, support will be provided to actors in the value chain to promote information communication and cooperation.

  • Contribute to making policies and development plans for the region.


Establishing farmer organizations engaged in producing rice seeds

  • Focus on capacity building for rice seed producers. Hence, there will be available farmers experienced in techniques (especially practical practices on farm) and knowledge of business and economics to produce rice seed effectively.

  • Strengthen the specialization in rice seed production and business for farmer groups and involved households. In order to do this, the project officers should help these actors setting out operation principles and regulations, as well as production practices, quality requirements and quality monitoring system with which all stakeholder must comply.

  • Improve the sense of initiative in making productin decisions (group size, management methods, yearly production and business plans), at the same time, ensure strong relationship between actors involved in the value chain such as Women’s Union, Rice seed production enterprises, and local authorities.

  • Promote economic effeciency and rice yield for farmer groups through good performance at team level and close group-with-group cooperation . The network of groups will be responsible for input production plans, price determination and negotiating with local authorities at all levels about rice seed policies and participating in relevant programs held in the local region.

Tychee value chain
 

  • Improve caring, preservation and production practices to ensure the high quality of tycheecon contributing economic benefit generation and effective resource exploitation. Some trials on new techniques and practices after harvest have been done aiming at increasing the quality of tychee through trainngs. These new procedures will be applied by local farmers. Also, the project officers are providing necessary support to strengthen, develop and link farmer groups in terms of organization and tehnique promotion.

  • Provide new services to fruit producers, especially input services such as consulting farmer groups how to access input services (chemicals to delay ripenin, microquantity fertilizer to maximize fruit qualitt, etc.).

  • Help farmers getting involved in the market effectively, and stabilize production and consumption. Farmer groups set up linkages with consumers (traders, customers and agencies in Hanoi city) for the mutual sake. Together with traders and end-users, these groups set out criteria to distinguish the characteristics of Thanh Ha tychee. The project team also help making brands and packages to keep fruits fresh and to sell tychee in Hanoi market.

  • Build up product management system to be applied in the region. Although the production and business association of Thanh Hoa tychee (producers and traders) has been established, it has not only addressed existing problems successfully, duplicated new techniques and commercialized approaches of tychee, but also played as a representative of the producers to negotiate local authorities to work out effective support policies and achieving certificate of origine.

 

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