Quang Ninh opens fifth One Commune, One Product programme hinh anh 1At the opening ceremony (Source: baomoi.com)

Quang Ninh (VNA) –
The northeastern province of Quang Ninh opened the fifth One Commune, Once Product (OCOP) fair on September 1 under the theme “Quang Ninh OCOP products – Vietnamese people’s brand”.

The event features 224 pavilions offering various kinds of locally-made goods such as farm produce, beverages, medicinal herbs, home decoration, souvenirs, garment-textile, and tourism products.

Businesses from Laos, Thailand and the Republic of Korea also set up their own booths.
The fifth One Commune, Once Product fair will run until September 5.

The One Commune, Once Product programme was initiated by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in 2008.

The country now has 11,000 communes with a lot of unique and competitive products.

Quang Ninh was the first locality nationwide to implement the project from 2013.

According to the provincial People’s Committee, Quang Ninh has attracted 180 businesses to join the programme and implement 103 projects to support the manufacture of One Commune, Once Product.

As many as 210 local products have registered to join the programme, 99 of which met 3-5 star standards and 39 others received food security certifications.

As part of the event, a workshop to seek solutions to promoting products of the programme was held on September 2. It also reviewed the programme’s implementation.

In the near future, the northeastern province of Quang Ninh moves to provide training and grant certificates to chief executive officers of businesses, chiefs of cooperatives and business owners in several universities and vocational training colleges.

Sub-projects will be launched to tap the province’s strength in agriculture and rural areas in combination with economic development in mountainous and island communes such as Ngoai Van – Yen Tu green herb valley, Tien Yen – Binh Lieu culture and tourism village, and Van Don – Co To community-based tourism.

In 2018, Quang Ninh will begin inspecting the quality of One Commune, Once Product.

The locality will develop the “One Commune, One Product” (OCOP) programme into an important economic development scheme, with a focus on agricultural and non-agricultural production

The OCOP programme began in October 2013 and ended its first stage in December 2016.

During the second stage, the province will strive to own 250 high-quality OCOP products by 2020, including at least 12 provincial-level products of four to five stars, six others qualified to join the national value chain, and one to two products competitive enough in the global market.

To that end, Quang Ninh will zone off production area and complete production chain, from seedlings to harvest, preservation, processing and consumption. Further attention will be paid to personnel training and technology transfer.

It will also mobilise the involvement of agriculture and rural development, science-technology, industry and trade, tourism, cultural and financial sectors together with scientists and businesses in the effort.

Each year, units and households joining the programme must vie for a competition to choose the best OCOP products which will receive trade promotion support.

Concluding the first stage from 2013-2016, Quang Ninh built 210 OCOP products, including 99 meeting 3-5 star standards. More than 180 economic establishments and households joined the programme.

A chain of OCOP points of sale have been open in all 14 districts, towns and cities with product values up 20-30 percent.-VNA