Monthly fairs for agricultural products under the One Commune, One Product (OCOP) programme will be organised in Quang Ninh this year (Photo: halongtourism.com.vn)

Quang Ninh (VNA) – The northern province of Quang Ninh plans to organise monthly fairs for agricultural products under the One Commune, One Product (OCOP) programme from June to December this year to promote consumption of the commodities.

The fair will be held from Friday to Sunday of the last week of each month at the Ha Long Big C commercial centre in Ha Long City.

The event will feature 35 booths run by local firms, cooperatives and units involved in the OCOP programme, highlighting products already recognised by the programme.

The provincial People’s Committee said the move aims at increasing recognition of local products among residents in the province and visitors, thus assisting with the development of the programme.

The OCOP programme was initiated by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in 2008. Quang Ninh was the first locality nationwide to implement the project from 2013.

Concluding the first stage from 2013-2016, Quang Ninh developed 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

During the second stage, the province will strive to have 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. 

The locality will develop the “One Commune, One Product” (OCOP) programme into an important economic development scheme.-VNA