In years, in order to implement the 2012 Cooperative Law, Bac Kan provincial FU has been collaborating with other sectors to propagate, encourage and help its members to set up cooperatives and cooperative groups. Through cooperatives or cooperative groups, the Union supports farmers in loans, technology transfer, instructions on how to link production and consumption.
Every year, under many forms, levels of FU in Bac Kan Province disseminate Cooperative Law for 42,135 officers, members and founders of cooperatives/cooperative groups. The main content is policies, legislations towards collective economic subjects, Cooperative Law of 2012, Decrees of Government and by-laws of ministries, local authorities, etc. on instructions for the development of collective economy in agriculture. Besides, levels of FU also cooperate with authorities to organize workshops on technology transfer and vocational training on cultivation and livestock farming for 168,327 members.
Squashes of Na Lin Hamlet Agro-forestry, Aquaculture Cooperative Group in Na Lin Hamlet, Dia Linh Commune, Ba Be District. Photo by Hong Chiem.
Along with propagating and encouraging, levels of FU have guided and helped 5 cooperatives and 20 cooperative groups establish with 282 members in total. At the same time, the union also directs cooperatives and cooperative groups to create production and business plan. With their own plan, many cooperatives and cooperative groups have achieved good results, such as Thach Ngoa Forestry and Star Anise Essential Oil Production Cooperative Group (My Phuong Commune); May Phay Forestry and Wood Processing Cooperative Group (Na Phay Village, Chu Huong Commune, Ba Be District); Khau Nua Lech Glutinous Rice Production Cooperative (Thuong Quan Commune, Ngan Son District); Thanh Dat Cooperative (Na Bia Village, Nong Ha Commune); Ban Lu Agricultural Cooperative (Tan Son Commune, Cho Moi District), etc.
Since establishment, all members of cooperatives and cooperative groups have had stable job and income. For example, Thanh Dat Cooperative has created regular jobs for 10-15 local labours with a monthly income of 3-3.5 million dong each.
Furthermore, the provincial FU gives priority to providing a 800-million-dong subsidy from Farmer Supporting Fund for 20 members of 2 cooperatives to build collective economic model. The union also cooperates with the management board of The Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) to support 5 production cooperatives in market research and designing label. At present, products by cooperative groups being sold in the market are star anise essential oil, wood veneers, squashes, etc.
Hong Chiem, Dan Viet – by Ngoc Anh