The “capital” of Vinh Orange production chosed VietGAP process because of its efficiency
Quy Hop has been the capital of Vinh Orange production for a long time. In the past, Quy Hop Orange (Vinh Orange) were produced mainly in Minh Hop Commune, however since the geographical indication for Cam Vinh was registered, seeing its economic benefits, farmers in other communes such as Ha Son, Van Loi, Chau Dinh, etc. has paid more attention and shift their production to this fruit.
Mr. Nguyen Ba Lam was one of the pioneers to apply orange production model following VietGAP at Chau Dinh Commune. His household owns 3 ha of Doai Commune Oranges including 1.5 ha of 3-year-old oranges, 1 ha of 2-year-old oranges and 0.5 ha of 1-year-old oranges. This year, through the Agricultural Extension Station of the district, his household received support for building Intensive orange farming model under basic construction period applied VietGAP in the area of 2 ha in Doai Commune.
With advices from agricultural extension officers and following the process, Mr. Lam’s orange trees are growing well. Currently 1.5 ha of 3-year-old oranges are about to come in to harvest season with approximately 5 tons of oranges valuing from 200-300 million dong.
“Before 2016, my family used to grow cassavas, sugar canes, however realizing the inefficiency of these plants we shifted to orange production. Thanks to the Agricultural Extension Division of the district for guiding us through production model applied VietGAP and the support in fertilizers, our 3-year-old trees have started generating oranges” – Mr. Lam shared.
Though the area in Quy Hop growing oranges in 2011 was only more than 1,100 ha, at the point of time it has risen to over 2,500 ha. The area producing oranges increased tremendously but farmers only growed oranges on the basis of traditional experience. Therefore, the quality of oranges is low, trees usually suffer from diseases leading to the common usage of pesticides and plant growth stimulants and different planting processes from grower to grower. Therefore, agricultural sector generally and particularly the People’s Committee of Quy Hop District are encouraging farmers to grow oranges following VietGAP process.
According to Mrs. Truong Thi Lai – The Vice Chief of Agricultural Extension Station of Quy Hop Commune, in 2011 and 2012, the Station had successfully built efficient intensive orange farming models applied VietGAP in Minh Hop Commune. Currently, the Station is building the next VietGAP orange production model in Chau Dinh Commune and partly supporting it in capital, fertilizers, and giving instructions on the usage of pesticides. As a result, the fruits of this model are growing well and the model itself becomes an example for farmers to learn and expand.
In order to step by step produce safe oranges with good quality in the district’s local area, in 2016 Quy Hop District built “Developing material areas of Quy Hop oranges following commodity production in the term of 2016-2020 and the next years” project aiming to implement in 6 communes (Minh Hop, Nghia Xuan, Chau Dinh, Van Loi, Ha Son and Tam Hop commune). These are communes owning fertile basalt soil with tradition of growing oranges. The total budget of this project is estimated to be about 650 billion dong and allocated from State budget, enterprises, foreign investment and individuals. The project aims to establish a closed oranges production process from seed selection to material processing and marketing.
The efficiency of the VietGAP orange production models has initially changed farmers’ awareness and old production habits; and encouraged farmers to build brand for VietGAP qualified Vinh oranges in Quy Hop.
Phan Giang (Nghe An Newspaper) – By Viet Ha