DIALOGS ACTIVITIES CARRIED OUT IN VINH PHUC PROVINCE

 

Following up achievements obtained by CTSH/PAOPA, DIALOGS continues with its activities in Tam Duong (13 communes) and Binh Xuyen (10 communes) of Vinh Phuc province.

 

In order to build up a favorable institutional corridor for operations of farmer organizations/groups established during CTSH/PAOPA, DIALOGS project steering board closely works with People’s Committees of the communes, local socio-economic agencies to provide the best quality services to local farmers. Of which, Tam Duong and Binh Xuyen agricultural extension stations are considered the most important local partners.

 

In Vinh Phuc, DIALOGS activities include:

  • Husbandry

  • Aquaculture

  • Growing vegetable

  • Producing rice seeds
     

SPECIFIC ACTIVITIES


Husbandry
Although Binh Xuyen and Tam Duong are located on the same geographic region, there are certain differences in their potential and market nature. Therefore, approaches and activities are designed to be totally matched with each commune.
In Binh Xuyen, the project theme focuses on husbandry promotion with specific following activities:

  • Provide good veterinary services; Well-trained and professional operating networks of providers allows to provide better veterinary services and husbandry technologies to growers.

  • Manage input and output services in collective way; Better productivity and quality while lower price of farming products, at the same time, are leading objectives to contribute to creation of a sustainable market for growers to improve their income. The project steering board and technicians play an important role in these activities and thus they are regularly provided with capacity building trainings by the project.

  • In the future, active farmer groups will develop into formal legal entities (Formal farmer groups, Cooperatives) holding close relationships with relevant partners.


In Tam Duong, project activities are designed to focus on developing a veterinary association at district level based on 5 existing networks (branch), which functions as a linkage to link Provincial Veterinary Association and Local branches for better performance of animal disease prevention and benefit maximization for stakeholders, at the same time contributing to cutting down pressure on the national veterinary network. This will be a trial model of sector mechanism.


Maintain active groups/teams and foster collective activities in terms of quality, and also enhance growing sow to produce high quality breeds; besides, new consultancy services on animal insurance are also available to growers and veterinarians. Current sow grower groups link together to enjoy better input services.


Aquaculture
Support to fish breed raisers to provide high quality fish breeds onsite; technical assistance and communication among raisers and other actors in the value chain to promote benefits and business cooperation.


Help actors acting in high quality fish breed production setting up a network with necessary equipments for production activities. Raiser groups will gather and receive professional trainings on planning and production. These groups are supported with some necessary equipment by the projects for better production.


In terms of institution, the roles of relevant actors and raisers in the value chain are clearly defined in order to create linkages among actors effectively for the best support each other.


Organization model dissemination and trial models have been improved over the district by thorough preparation of documents and sharing experience.


A number of aquaculture technicians will be trained to be able to assist farmers preventing diseases often affecting fishes. These technicians are also supported with necessary equipments and tools to do their tasks and achieve the sustainability of expected outputs. The project steering board has worked closely with local authorities and technical agencies (Agricultural Extension stations, Aquaculture center of the province) to hold trainings and to manage these actors in an effective way.


Producing rice seeds

  • Improve the performance of grower groups (activities, organization of 13 groups) to meet the increasing demand of local families and obtain optimal benefits from selling seeds.

  • Set up farming models with suitable scale (10 – 15 families per group with 15 – 20 sao (1 sao = 500m2) of farming area), at the same time, manage seed producers effectively in accordance with necessary procedures in order to achieve benefits. First of all, define demand for breeds and make a list of available suppliers based on which then provide consultancy service to local authorities to make production site plans and decision on establishing producer groups.

  • Improve production and consumption (producing 20 tons of seeds meeting indigenous rice criteria and 80% of seeds sold). The farmers are supported to actively take part in the rice seed production value chain in the local region, in particular, they are helped with financial assistance to purchase necessary equipments and inputs for producing high quality seeds (water pump, bag sewing machine, etc.), consulting services in product promotion and setting up customer database.

Develop a favorable institutional environment: update information on markets and products to actors, especially local authorities to achieve their support.


Growing vegetable
(Sơn Lôi, Gia Khánh - Bình Xuyên, Duy Phiên, Hợp Hoà - Tam Dương)

  • Those who produce vegetable variety will provide to growers in the region. Currently, the demand for vegetable variety and the number of families involved in producing vegetable variety have been defined in 4 communes and there are 8 – 12 families per commune engaged in producing variety (5 – 8 thuoc (1.15 – 9.2m)/family and 5 – 6 sao/commune).

  • Seed producers obtain important knowledge and skills in order to produce variety effectively through technical trainings on how to make effective production plans and visits to existing professional seed production models (in Me Linh, Dong Anh, Ha Dong, Vinh Tuong, Minh Tan, Yen Lac), at the same time, farmers are assisted to set up trial models in 4 communes/2 districts.

  • Seed producers are well equipped with facilities and tools to produce variety better. The farmers are partially supported with financial aid by the project to set up seed nurseries, production models and procedures.

  • Help farmers link with external markets to sell out vegetable variety.

  • Disseminate service delivery models by evaluation and monitoring output documentation. To achieve the best dissemination, monitoring and evaluation should be thoroughly done, and information communication and output publication should be carried out via various channels (meetings, seminars, visits on field, communication tools, etc.) with active support of local agencies/authorities.

 

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