Government, Vietnam Farmers’ Union and Vietnam Women’s Union to sign a joint program on food safety
Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, VNFU Chairman Lai Xuan Mon and VWU Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Thu Ha to the Joint Program. Photo by Tran Quang.
With Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Deputy Prime Ministers and other officers and staff of the Government being witness to the ceremony, on behalf of the Government, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam had signed the Joint Program with VNFU Chairman Lai Xuan Mon and VWU Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Thu Ha.
Addressing at the ceremony, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc highly appreciated the idea of signing a joint program between the Government and unions to launch a campaign for production and consumption of domestic safe food and agricultural products. Prime Minister affirmed that a campaign for food safety had been a revolution of Vietnamese people and political system. Therefore, the Government had been constantly directing levels of local authority, sectors to assure food safety.
Prime Minister requested VNFU and VWU to continue to stimulate their members to produce clean and safe food and agricultural products from rural areas to urban ones, meet food safety standards (especially VietGAP, ISO, etc.), put an end to “two-row vegetables, two-shelter pig” (meaning one for selling and one for producers’ family to eat, the one for selling is filthy and unsafe). “We have to stimulate people to say no to unsafe food and agricultural products; attempt to bring safe food to the community”, said Prime Minister.
In that spirit, Prime Minister demanded levels of executive committee of Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV), local authorities to facilitates the program through the production process monitoring of political unions and farmers so that the program could be brought into its full play.
According to its content, ministries of the Government will collaborate with VWU and VNFU to give instructions, organize training courses on and multiply models and processes in which people produce and trade safe agricultural products with its main focus is to set these businesses in chains with appropriate cooperative models. The models that are encouraged are as follows: cooperative; cooperative group in connection with farm-households from input supply to consumption; safe food production and supply models set up between initial producers and slaughterhouses, processing facilities, traders; models connecting safe food producers with distributors and consumers.
Also, annually, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development together with VNFU and VWU have to sum up results of the implementation of the Program and report it to the Central Intersector Steering Committee of food safety.