Mr. Thao Xuan Sung, Chairman of VNFU: Working in Hung Yen Province
Breakthrough in agricultural development
At the meeting, Mr. Do Tien Sy – Member of Central Party Committee, Secretary General of Hung Yen provincial Party Committee – informed of outstanding achievements in socio-economic development, security and defense of the province. According to that, 20 years after the establishment of Hung Yen Province which detached it from Hai Hung Province, the province, despite a rough start, has succeeded in exploiting potentials, advantages of geographic location and human resources to attract investment, develop in all aspects. The economic growth rate has been sustainable at 8% per annual.
Chairperson of VNFU Thao Xuan Sung and the mission visit duck farm model in Pham Ngu Lao Ward (Kim Dong District). Photo by Thu Ha.
During the business trip, VNFU Chairman Mr. Thao Xuan Sung and the VNFU mission visited several models of duck farms at Pham Ngu Lao Ward (Kim Dong District) and a curcuma starch production enterprise at Chi Tan Ward (Khoai Chau District). These are pilot models to which levels of Farmers’ Unions in Hung Yen have given consults, guides and support in getting loans from Supporting Fund for Farmers with the maximum cap of 2 billion dong per project and 100 million dong per borrower.
With compliments to Hung Yen’s Party Committee, authorities and people whom have achieved positive results in socio-economic development, especially in agriculture and new rural development in the recent years, VNFU Chairman expressed his gratitude towards committee members, local authorities for supporting, creating good conditions for local Farmers’ Unions (FU) at three levels to operate effectively.
VNFU Chairman Sung proposed to Hung Yen provincial Party Committee and People’s Committee to continue to keep their interests in, arrange resources, allocate more budget to Supporting Fund for Farmers so that levels of Farmers’ Unions could replicate effective models of professional associations, production models driven to development of collective economy in order to solve the current situation of small-scale, fragmentary agricultural production and adapt to mass commodity production in the current context of integration.
VNFU Chairman Sung also advised Hung Yen provincial Party Committee, People’s Committee to approve the official personnel arrangement for Center of Vocational Training and Supporting Farmers, mobilize budget for provincial FU to organize vocational training to farmers…According to Mr. Sung, improving knowledge and skills, techniques for farmers is one of the necessary conditions to build a new farmer model, promote safe farming and increase the value of agricultural products. Secretary General Mr. Do Tien Sy agreed with Mr. Thao Xuan Sung’s suggestions and assigned relevant tasks including consultation, making proposals etc. to the provincial FU.
Promote support for farmers
Leader of Hung Yen Farmers’ Union reported to VNFU Chairman and the mission that in the recent time, the provincial FU had been performing their tasks and farmers’ movements quite well. Typically, levels of Hung Yen FUs have focused on implementing three main tasks of FU including protecting the rights and benefits of farmers; organizing service activities, supporting farmers to promote production; developing production models of value chain.
In 2017, levels of Hung Yen FUs proactively coordinated to organize 607 training classes in technology transfer for 52,316 farmer members, supplied thousands of tons of fertilizers, seeds and plant protection products with deferred payment.
Regarding developing production models, levels of Hung Yen FUs directly instructed to establish 27 new cooperatives and cooperative groups under the Law on Cooperative 2012, 7 branches, 24 professional associations; guided 44 collective models through the value chain-oriented reorganization of production. As a result, the entire province currently has got several associated models of large scaled production with billions dong in business capital, each of which attracts dozens to hundreds of workers and generates from 100 million dong to billions of dong.
Mrs. Tran Thi Tuyet Huong, Chairman of Hung Yen Farmers’ Union told that upon the implementation of the Conclusion No. 61/2009 by the Secretariat of the CPV Central Committee and Decision No.673/2011 by the Prime Minister, the FU had proactively advised the provincial Party Committee to issue a relevant decision on establishing the Steering committee. As a result, in 2017, Supporting Fund for Farmers grew more 7.3 billion dongs in (equivalent to 123% of the assigned plan). Up to now, the total capital amount managed by the Supporting Fund of Hung Yen FU’s levels has reached nearly 64 billion dong helping the provincial FU develop hundreds of production models. Among that, there are project “Planting and intensive farming of late-ripening longan trees” at Dong Ket Ward (Khoai Chau District), and project “Planting bananas” at Lam Son Ward (Hung Yen City), etc.
VNFU Chairman Thao Xuan Sung on his speech acknowledged and highly recognized Hung Yen FU for their task fulfillment and attainments in farmer movements during the past few years. “I am very impressed by the duck farm model at Pham Ngu Lao Ward (Kim Dong District). Though it was established only 1 year ago, it has made such quick progress. Its members associated with each other to expand farm size (1.5 times larger) and flock size, area of fruit tree planting twice as large as the time of establishment. The bottom line is that thanks to this model, the members have been taking the initiative in seeking inputs and output market. Their incomes have also been remarkably improved. This is an outstanding model in Hung Yen particularly and in the entire country generally”, said VNFU Chairman Thao Xuan Sung.
Mr. Thao Xuan Sung recommended that in near future, levels of Hung Yen FU should furtherly enhance and spread out the sustainable effectiveness of production models which Hung Yen FU had set up upon the implementation of Project No. 61; continue to create more professional branches and associations, cooperative groups, cooperatives and enterprises; work out solutions to help farmers adapt to the market economy.