A safe farm produce fair will be held on the first and third weekends of every month, starting on August 6. (Photo: danviet.vn)

HCM City (VNA) - The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Agriculture and Rural Development will organise a safe farm produce fair on the first and third weekends of every month, starting on August 6.

Speaking to the media, Nguyen Van Truc, deputy director of the department, said only products that have food safety certification such as VietGap and GlobalGap are eligible to participate in the fair.

The fair’s organisers will regularly check the quality of produce and randomly test fruit and vegetable samples for plant protection residues, he said.

So far, 24 businesses have registered to take part in the event, eight of them producers and traders of poultry, pork and seafood products and the rest, fruit and vegetable businesses, he said.

To be held at the department’s premises at No 176 Hai Ba Trung Street, District 1, the fair will help producers of safe farm produce promote their products and serve as a trustworthy place for people to buy safe food, he added.

According to the city Centre for Agricultural Consultancy and Support, 815 fruit and vegetable growers in the city have got VietGap certification and produce an estimated 57,635 tonnes a year.-VNA