Ba Ria-Vung Tau targets sustainable pepper development hinh anh 1A farmer in Ba Ria-Vung Tau is working in his pepper garden. (Photo: VNA)

Ba Ria-Vung Tau (VNA)
– A total of 754 households with 837 hectares of pepper in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau have received Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) certificates under a three-year project.

They are among 1.050 households participating in the “Sustainable pepper development in Vietnam” project which was carried out in Ba Ria-Vung Tau by Harris Freeman Ltd., Co., the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the sub-department of plant protection and cultivation under the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The project was implemented in Xuyen Moc and Chau Duc districts from August 2016 to August 2019.

Nguyen Chi Duc, head of the sub-department, said at a conference in Vung Tau city on September 18 that under the project, the farmers were instructed to produce pepper following SAN standards.

The project has helped to improve farmers’ awareness of sustainable agricultural production and connect them with businesses, he added.

Do Hong Khanh, deputy head of the planning bureau under the southern department of plant protection, said Ba Ria-Vung Tau has the largest area of pepper nationwide.  

However, pepper growers are meeting various difficulties regarding diseases and low pepper price, the official pointed out, expressing his hope that the project will be rolled out in other localities in Ba Ria-Vung Tau and across the country in order to raise pepper value in the international market./.