In the past two years, in an effort to export fruit to other countries, several agriculture investors in the central highlands have set up area codes and packing facilities in full growth.
Generally, Gia Lai Province has 55 cultivation area codes and 21 packing establishments of fresh fruits such as mangoes, dragon fruits, jackfruit, bananas and watermelons which can be exported through official channels to China, Australia, New Zealand and the United States.
One of the most notable farms in Chu Prong District, Gia Lai Province is Ia Phin Farm, which obtained a planting area code for more than 130 ha of bananas exported to China. The farms use production technologies including drip irrigation systems, conveying systems, pre-processing houses and packing facilities.
According to Ia Phin Farm manager Le Huu Tin, the farm management board has determined that registration for the issuance of a planting area code is very important to stabilize production, so managers of the farm farm completed the planting area code registration procedures and was approved in February 2022. In April, the banana garden started harvesting, so far 800 tons have been collected with an average price of 20,000 VND per kilogram.
He revealed that thanks to the granting of a planting area code, the production is stable and the farm has sold all the fruits.
According to Mr. Dinh Van Dung, secretary of the party committee of Chu Prong district in Gia Lai province, thousands of hectares intended for the cultivation of mango, dragon fruit and banana benefit from a code of planting area. Indeed, through the granting of a planting area code, agricultural products are favored by customers in the Chinese market, the products are sold quickly, and the purchase price is also very high, which brings good economic efficiency.
Director of Gia Lai Plant Protection and Cultivation Sub-Department Tran Xuan Khai said the issuance of planting area codes has brought many benefits to companies. For example, when the farms in the province did not grant a plantation area code, the banana used to fetch 5,000 VND per kilogram, but now it receives a plantation area code and is sold abroad, the price is about 20,000 VND per kilogram.
Elsewhere in the central highlands, Kon Tum province has six growing area codes for bananas and jackfruit for export to China. Mr. Nguyen Hoai Tam, director of sub-department of cultivation and plant protection of Kon Tum, said companies that have currently obtained planting area codes are eagerly preparing the first batches of agricultural products for export. to foreign countries.
Dr. Phan Viet Ha, deputy director of the Central Highlands Agricultural and Forestry Science Institute (WASI) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, said granting a planting area code is a prerequisite for official export. It is a necessary step to increase the value of agricultural products and sustainable production. However, plantation area code issuance is often associated with a large area in the central highlands; therefore, only large companies with large holdings can receive the culture codes.
Therefore, Mr. Ha advised people to form cooperatives to create large planting areas, so that it is easy to meet the standards for allocating planting area codes.
After obtaining a planting area code, farmers must comply with the approved production process as well as transparent information during the production process so that buyers can trace the origin. In particular, local governments should facilitate the establishment of large operations with periodic supervision at establishments that receive planting area codes to ensure that production at that facility is in accordance with the process.
According to Mr. Kpă Thuyen, Vice Chairman of Gia Lai Provincial People’s Committee, the Provincial People’s Committee requested the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to study and propose appropriate mechanisms to support the development of cultivation areas. and packaging according to the production scale of the commodities. production to meet the requirements of the importing country.
The Provincial People’s Committee also requested localities to allocate resources to coordinate with relevant units to promote the establishment and management of cultivation areas and local processing facilities, including the implementation of monitoring of drug residues as well as the application of measures to manage plant health, maintain the quality of the planting area, packaging facilities that have obtained the code.
The provincial People’s Committee also asked localities to coordinate with specialized units to strengthen the inspection of the management and use of planting area codes and local agricultural product packaging facilities. The authorities are also attentive to the handling of violations.