Young people contribute to success of rural development hinh anh 1Nguyen Van Phuc in his pigeon farm

Hanoi (VNS/VNA) - Hanoi leads the country in implementing the national programme on agriculture development and new-style rural areas.

After 10 years, the capital city has successfully improved its rural areas and encouraged young people to implement innovative agricultural models.

A pigeon farm in outlying Soc Son district is one example.

The farm is owned by Nguyen Van Phuc, a resident of Hieu Chan village in Tan Hung commune, who was one of ten honoured as an outstanding youngster in Hanoi last year.

Every year, he earns billions of dong from breeding pigeons, the paper said.

“Ten years ago, I returned from Russia with a degree in informatics and easily found a job with a good salary in Hanoi,” said Phuc.

But he never felt happy working for someone else.

After getting married and having children, he wanted to do something that would help his young family.

He decided to quit his job in the city and return home to start his own business.

With a modest capital of 30 million VND (1,300 USD), he opened a pigeon farm, sparing two floors of his house for the birds.

The first attempt ended in failure. Hundreds of the birds died after a few months due to his lack of knowledge and experience. Only 20 pairs of pigeons survived.

But he was not discouraged. He bought another 30 pairs to breed.

Learning by himself and working hard, the flock started to grow bigger. 

Overcoming the difficulties in breeding the birds, the next challenge for the IT engineer-turned-farmer was to find customers.

“I had to take every pigeon to restaurants in Hanoi to sell,” said Phuc.

“As an IT engineer, I set up a website and a fanpage to market my products,” he said.

“The number of clients started to increase, and sometimes I was unable to fill all the orders,” he said.

After 10 years, the small pigeon farm has turned into five in Hanoi’s Soc Son district and Thai Nguyen province, creating stable jobs for more than 10 employees.

The farms bring in monthly income of 250-300 million VND (11,000 -13,000 USD).

Like Phuc, Nguyen Van Ket in Soc Son district’s Bac Phu commune quit his job as an ad designer to return home and work as a farmer.

Ket started a frog breeding business in 2006 after watching an online clip. Initially, he worked part time.

He bred 5,000 frogs in his 50sq.m-garden. Every day, after fishing work in the office, he spent time with his frogs to watch their habits.

He found more information online.

Ket never used antibiotics with the animals, but fed them herbs and garlic.

“I wanted to supply the market with safe and clean products,” Ket said.

Gradually, the part-time job turned into a full time career. His farm expanded to 7,000 sq.m, which could earn 700-800 million VND (30,000-35,000 USD) per year.

In addition to being sold nationwide, his frogs were exported to many countries in Southeast Asia.

Phuc and Ket are young people who dared to work with a strong will of getting rich from their homes in rural areas.

They are pioneers for rural youngsters to make their home land better and better./.