A model of safe vegetable cultivation using Korean technology has become a success in the northern provinces of Hoa Binh and Hai Duong.

Beginning life in August 2013, the project received a total investment of over 2.8 million USD, more than 2.6 million USD of which is sourced from the Government of the Republic of Korea (RoK).

After receiving training by RoK specialists, 15 households in Hoa Binh’s Yen Thuy district have reaped a bumper harvest just within one year of growing onions, turnips, sweet potatoes, chilli and napa cabbage.

Local farmer Bui Van Phu said the Korean method of cultivating vegetables offers higher yields and double or three-fold economic value. Farmers now use organic fertilisers or bio pesticides to reduce production costs and protect the environment instead of chemical manure like in the past.

Prof. Lee Dong Jin, Director of the project, said Korean-sourced vegetables will be grown from now until 2015 on a pilot basis. The Korean companies will also work to ensure that they are sold well after harvest.
This year, training courses will be opened in both Vietnam and the RoK and they will identify which kinds of vegetable that will grow well in the district.

In the coming time, the project will reach out to other districts across Hoa Binh which is blessed with natural conditions for growth of vegetables and fruit.

It is a joint partnership between the Korea Rural Community & Agriculture Corporation and the Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences.-VNA