Hope found in sweat and soil
Returning to nature is an emerging trend in the world as well as in Vietnam. Customers are increasingly interested in natural based products, especially when it comes to food, beauty and pharmaceutical products.
The article featured on the Vietnam News (source: Helvetas VN)
Project “Scaling up of BioTrade initiatives within phyto-pharmaceutical sector in Vietnam” by Helvetas was designed to help Vietnam solve the challenges of decreasing natural resources, to put in place an effective model of genetic resources and biopersity management, and to balance out the economic benefits and social needs with the conservation needs. The Vietnam News has recently interviewed several 'insiders' about this trend.
Photo for illustration (source: Helvetas VN)
“Such significant example”, Nguyen Thi Hue – Head of Agricultural Extension Center, Bac Ha district, Lao Cai province
Back in 2010, when we first introduced herbal plants in Bac Ha, everybody was skeptical. People here are mostly ethnic and only used to growing rice and maize. Together with a company, we came to every family, talked to them, and persuaded them to try. We gave them seeds and seedlings, fertilizers, all materials and showed them how to grow herbs. Only ten families agreed to try back then, each family half a hectare. But when the harvest came, those ten families got paid and after deducting all expenses, they made 3 -4 times more than growing rice and maize.
It has been a long way since then. Now there are more than 200 households in Bac Ha are growing herbs. BioTrade project helped connect us to some new companies, so we hope to expand in coming years. The project organized various trainings for our farmers, so from technical side we’re confident.
Bac Ha set such significant example in the province that local district government is determined to make herbal plants one of the priorities for agricultural reform toward sustainability.
“Our customers trust us”, Le Thi Tuyet Anh – Director of Vietroselle company