First Vietnamese vegetable farm with US and EU organic standards recognised
Wednesday, 04/11/2015 - 06:03 PM (GMT+7)
Organic products from the farm are numbered for traceability. (Image credit: HNMO)
Organic products from the farm are numbered for traceability. (Image credit: HNMO)

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 Vietnamtrần nhôm 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 trần nhômof 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 in the world today. Not only ensuring the products’ safety by not using chemical fertilisers, pesticides, stimulants, growth hormones or genetically modified seeds, organic farming also secures environment-friendly elements, biodiversity and sustainable development.

More than 400 different organic products by Organica are sold at two stores at No. 130 Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street, Ward 6, District 3 and No. 54 Hoang Van Thu Street, Ward 9, Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City.

Currently the company plans to expand connections with individuals and businesses interested in organic agricultural production to share experiences on farming techniques, support solutions and output for organic products.