QUANG PHU AGRICULTURE FORESTRY AND FISHERY COOPERATIVE – Pioneer in organic agricultural production
Quang Phu Organic Agriculture Forestry and Fishery Cooperative is located in Phu Thuan village, Quang Phu commune, Krong No district, Dak Nong province. As one of the pioneers in organic agricultural production, since its establishment in 2020, the Cooperative has firmly grasped the production process and supplied many high quality and safe agricultural products to the market, contributing to improving the ecological environment.
Since 5 years ago, Ms. Nguyen Thi Mai – Director of the Cooperative has spent days working hard to plant trees on the 10 ha cultivated land of the Cooperative which is full of rocks. Since the establishment of the Cooperative, Ms. Mai’s biggest concern is creating jobs for local workers, enhancing knowledge and improving the lives of local people, especially ethnic minorities and women. She also educated local people that protecting the environment is protecting their home. The dense layers of volcanic rock are gradually flattened to grow fruit trees. Currently, with an area of more than 30 hectares, Quang Phu Cooperative not only grows vegetables, onions and garlic but also grows fruit trees such as oranges, tangerines, milkweed, avocados, etc., which are certified organic. The Cooperative has successfully and sustainably exploited the natural resources, soil and climate of the potential Nam Kar area full of volcanic rock.
Quang Phu Organic Agriculture Forestry and Fishery Cooperative builds a sustainable farming model in harmony with nature, without using chemicals. To protect the environment, the Cooperative adheres to the following principles: chemical fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, genetically modified varieties are not allowed. During the farming process, the cooperative completely uses microbial organic fertilizers and medicines made from garlic, ginger, chili, lemongrass, cinnamon, and angelica… to take care of the plants. In order to enhance sweetness for the fruits, the Cooperative uses fermented papaya and bananas to fertilize the trees. According to Cooperative members, microbial organic fertilizers and herbal medicines on plants make relatively slow impact, but in return, this method ensures the safety of agricultural products, limits environmental pollution, and the soil gradually regains its nutrients.
In terms of natural agriculture, the Cooperative grows pinto peanut, so it does not compete for light with the main crop, maintains good coverage, and limits weed growth. This is an important factor to help the organisms in the soil develop and make the soil more porous, protecting the environment. The discarded grass will create a clean source of manure, facilitate the growth of vegetation. Water is pumped from the well and filtered before watering the plants according to food safety standards. Orange products are produced in accordance with the requirements of the National Standard on Organic Agriculture TCVN 11041 -2:2017.
In addition, the Cooperative’s products have also achieved the 4-star OCOP certificate of Dak Nong province.
Participating the Eco-Fair Project from the first days with the dedicated guidance of expert Tran Minh Chien on enhancing management capacity, improving production processes, and building brands and market connections, Quang Phu Cooperative has made significant progress in production and business.
In 2020, the Cooperative supplied 70 tons of fruits and 80 tons of vegetables of all kinds to the market. The price of organic agricultural products of the Cooperative is 2-3 times higher than that of products produced by conventional processes, helping Cooperative members improve economic efficiency. The Cooperative’s products have been present in 40 supermarkets in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Buon Ma Thuot (Dak Lak) and consumed by supermarkets at a stable price. Currently, the Cooperative is continuing to improve the process towards PGS organic certification recognized by IFOAM. The Cooperative will send products to participate in fairs sponsored by the Eco-Fair Project, including: “ECO-GREEN VIETNAM EXPO 2022 in Bulgaria and Greece to promote Vietnam – EU Trade; “BIOFACH INTO ORGANIC” in Germany, the International Food Industry Fair “SIAL PARIS” in France.
In the coming time, the Board of Management of the Cooperative develops a stable development plan for concentrated fruit tree area of about 45 hectares in the Cooperative as well as cooperating with other Cooperatives in the region to connect the planting area, at the same time promoting the application of science and technology to production, building brands for the products in domestic and international markets.