TTC Sugar receives EU organic certification

A Muong woman happy with her daily work on organic farm Many gardens look green with organic vegetables grown by local farmers under a pilot project launched by the Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development (ISPARD) with financial assistance from the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID). Nguyen Thi Thuy, 43, a local Muong ethnic minority farmer says, "I've earned VND 2 million (US$97) per month from growing organic vegetables, doubled what I got from growing rice in the past." "I took part in a three-month course to learn how to grow and care for organic vegetables and found it very interesting”, Thuy says. Processing home-made pesticides from chilli, garlic, and ginger to prevent worms from destroying the vegetables is the hardest stepHowever, scientists of the institute have helped me a lot," she adds. The organic vegetables are planted on an area of 1.5ha under Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS), an international organic certification for small farmers, says Nguyen Xuan Te, Vice Chairman of the Luong Son District People's Committee. “Around 80 local households have benefited from the pilot project,” he says. Pham Ben Ngoc from Green Link Co Ltd – one of the distributors of the vegetables – says they sell around 1.2 tons of organic vegetables per month at a price twice as much as it is in the markets. One reason, he explains, is that organic vegetables are grown under the PGS and it takes more time to harvest them than those grown…... [read more]

Ho Chi Minh City (VNA) – Dried fruit producer, Vinamit JSC, annouced that it has secured organic certificates for cultivation and processing of farm produce issued by the US Department of Agriculture and EU-based Ecocert organisation. 80 products, three farms and two processing and packaging lines of Vinamit have fulfilled criteria from the two institutions. Richard de Boer from the Control Union Certifications said Vinamit’s strength is having remote farms with upstream water sources, which are yet to be affected by human and industrial activities. The company has long produced clean products, making it easier for Vinamit to gain organic certification, he noted. Vinamit Chairman Nguyen Lam Vien said the accreditation opens the door for Vietnamese dried fruit to enter markets with higher demands on import quality, such as the US, EU and Japan. Established in 1988, Vinamit, which is headquartered in the southern province of Binh Duong, posts annual average growth of between 30 percent and 50 percent. The company has also obtained certificates from the US Food and Drug Administration and produces Halal and Kosher products. It is also ready to receive certificates from the BRC Food Safety Standard and the International Featured Standards in early 2017./.... [read more]

Viet Nam News CẦN THƠ - The second phase of the Mangroves and Markets Project (MAM) 2016 - 2020 has kicked off in the Mekong Delta city of Cần Thơ after receiving more donations from the German Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. The goal of the project is to help local shrimp farms become more profitable by protecting mangrove forests. This effort has enhanced profitability and sustainability while also increasing coastal resilience to climate change. For 30 years, shrimp farming has been one of Việt Nam's leading export-related activities, but it has also been the leading cause of mangrove loss. Given the country's long, densely populated coastline, it has rendered the population vulnerable to tropical storms and rising sea levels. The stage was set for the Mangroves and Markets project after the sustainability of the shrimp business and the conservation of mangroves were identified as national priorities. "After three years of implementation, the skills of State staff have significantly improved; a supply chain in shrimp production has been set up; and policies have been applied for mangrove forest protection and shrimp production development. Earnings are also higher and farm production is now more effective," Lê Văn Sử, deputy chairman of the Cà Mau People's Committee, said during his speech at the kick-off ceremony for the project on Tuesday. After the first phase of the project, around 800 households received NaturLand certification. The Cà Mau-based Minh Phú Company, the world's second-largest shrimp exporter in terms of…... [read more]

CAAV introduces local firm to Airbus aircraft parts production plan The Saigon Times Daily HCMC – The Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV) has introduced a local company as a partner in a plan of Airbus to develop an aircraft parts factory in Vietnam. The local firm is Aerospace Engineering Services Joint Stock Company (AESC) based in Quang Minh Industrial Park in Hanoi, according to the news site VnExpress. Earlier, AESC executive director Tran Hai Dang said in a letter sent to CAAV that the company got the nod for its application for a certificate of design organization from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) at a meeting in Germany in late 2015. The company also completed procedures to apply for EASA’s certification on manufacturing operations. On the home market, AESC has been recognized by CAAV as a maintenance organization under the country’s aviation regulations and has provided this service for local airlines from February 2009. AESC said in addition to repair and maintenance services, the company has expanded to designing and manufacturing aircraft interior equipment as approved by Vietnam authorities in August 2010. The firm expects CAAV would introduce it as a potential partner of Airbus in Vietnam in the future. Executives of Airbus repeatedly expressed its intention to set up an aircraft parts production center in Vietnam at meetings with Government and transport industry leaders last year. In November last year, the Ministry of Transport said Airbus had proposed a plan to cooperate with Vietnam in setting up…... [read more]

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and SNV Netherlands Development Organisation organised a media trip as part of the ‘Mangroves and the Markets’ (MAM) project phase 1 review workshop in February, 2016. The media visit aims to highlight why mangrove restoration and organic shrimp farming in Ca Mau Province, Vietnam, is important in the context of the environmental and development challenges facing the country today. The event is part of the "Mangroves and Markets" (MAM) initiative which aims to restore mangrove forests, introduce certified organic shrimp farming, connect Ca Mau’s shrimp farmers with international markets, and support the legal basis for aquaculture Payment Ecosystem Services (PES) establishment in Vietnam. MAM is a regional initiative for mangrove restoration and promotion of organic shrimp certification in the coastal provinces of Ca Mau, Vietnam and Chanthaburi, Thailand. The project is supported by the International Climate Initiative funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), and implemented by SNV Netherlands Development Organisation and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Ca Mau Province was selected because of its high-value tiger shrimp industry, and Chanthaburi because of its experience in rehabilitation of abandoned shrimp farms and in linking shrimp farmers to certified supply chains. Over the past decades, more than half of Vietnam’s natural mangrove forests have been cleared to accommodate shrimp ponds. Ca Mau province is home to half of Vietnam’s mangroves, which play a vital role in maintaining the region’s delicate ecosystem.…... [read more]

Organica, a system of organic food development and distribution in southern Vietnam, has become the first in the country to be awarded two organic farming certificates from the U.S. and the European Union (EU). The Ho Chi Minh City-based system was granted the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s organic certification and the EU’s organic farming recognition for its vegetable farm in Long Thanh District, located in Dong Nai Province, at a ceremony in the city on Wednesday. Organica’s organic farm was established in early 2013 with the support of the Netherlands-based certification organization Control Union. The fruit of Organica’s effort in strictly following the requirements of organic farming processes of the U.S. and the EU was realized at the end of last month when a team of foreign experts from Control Union came to the farm to assess and certify its organic standards. The 1.8-hectare farm is home to nearly 100 species of tropical fruit and vegetables, including leafy vegetables, edible flowers, root vegetables, herbs, and fruits. During cultivation, all the products are numbered to ensure process traceability. Without using chemicals and pesticides, as a rule to obtain the organic certification, the farm’s workers must use peppers, garlic, seasoning particles to repel insects or use nylon tarpaulin to prevent grass or utilize biological pesticides allowed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the EU. Organic certification is considered the highest food hygiene and safety standards in the world today. To obtain the certificate, the growers not only ensure not to use…... [read more]

Organica farm is the first plantation in Viet Nam to receive an organic certification by the United States and the European Union. — Photo illustration... [read more]

A vegetable farm run by Mua Company in Long Thanh district, the southern province Dong Nai, has become the first in Vietnam to be certified as meeting organic cultivation standards of the US Department of Agriculture and the EU. The 1.8-hectare farm, which supplies vegetables for Mua Company’s ORGANICA organic food chain, is currently growing nearly 100 kinds of tropical vegetables and fruits. According to Pham Phuong Thao, director of the company, the farm was launched in 2013 with the support of Control Union. The farm was evaluated and certified by Control Union in late October this year, she said. Currently, the company is planning to expand partnership with individuals and businesses that are keen on growing organic agricultural products to share experience and seek markets, Thao added. Organic certificate is considered the highest food safety standard recognisation. Certified products should satisfy requirements of using no chemical fertilizer and pesticide or stimulant substance, hormone and generically modified organism, while ensuring environmentally friendly, biodiversity and sustainable development standards.... [read more]

NDO – Vietnamese organic food development and distributor system – Organica on November 4 received organic farming certification under standards of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA organic) and the European Union (EU) for its organic vegetable farm in Long Thanh, southern Dong Nai province. It is the first tropical vegetables farm in Vietnam certified with organic standards from the two organisations. The 1,8ha farm grows nearly 100 tropical fruits and vegetables including leafy vegetables, edible flowers, fruit vegetables, root vegetables, herbs and fruit trees. According to Director Pham Phuong Thao of Mua (season) JSC, the owner Organica chain stores, prior to the vegetable farm, Organica only conducted distribution of organic products but faced difficulties in finding stable supply sources. In 2013, Organica developed its own organic farm with the support from the Control Union, a global network of inspection operations and dedicated laboratories. "We have overcome the difficulties in land rehabilitation, weed management and pest control. As with conventional cultivation using chemical fertilisers, pesticides and herbicide, organic farming requires living with other species. We must use traditional methods such as using herbs (chilli and garlic) for repelling insects, or new methods of using plastic tarpaulin to prevent grass and using biological pesticides (allowed by USDA and EU)," said Thao. After nearly three years of following strict requirements on organic farming processes from the US and EU, Control Union experts assessed and certified organic standards for Organica last October. Organic certification is considered the highest hygiene standards for food safety…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge - Vietnamese students studying at the Ahart pilot training center in California have asked the Ministry of Transport for help after the center was suspended by the US Federal Aviation Administration last October. The Ahart center was closed, and its owner, a Vietnamese-American named Nguyen Minh Duc, disappeared after collecting $85,000 from each student. Of the 79 Vietnamese students studying at the Ahart institute, 21 of them were funded by the low-cost airline Vietjet and the remaining paid for the tuition themselves. The Vietnamese students have left the school, and VietJet’s officials have gone to the US to help the students, giving them $10,000/person. The students need the assistance of the Ministry of Transport to continue studying at another training center in the US since their families paid Minh and they can no longer afford to pay for training. According to the Chief of the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV), Mr. Lai Xuan Thanh, of the 79 students, only six have graduated and have commercial pilot licences. The others have not finished the courses. "For the six graduates with a commercial pilot license, the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam held a test of qualification but only one participated because the others were busy attending overseas training courses. They will be tested by a specialized council when they return home," Thanh added. The incident is not related to the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam and the Ministry of Transport. However, to help the victims of the scam, and…... [read more]

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