As vegetables pile up, Hanoi shoppers pay at will

04-Mar-2021 Intellasia | Tuoi Tre News | 6:54 AM Print This Post

The drizzle in late February could not stop farmers of Dong Cao Village in Hanoi’s outlying district of Me Linh from pushing themselves to the fields to harvest vegetables.

The more packs of tomatoes and lettuces are delivered, the bigger hope they see to get a break-even point.

Dozens of beds of sugar beets were left unharvested while mustard greens were severely destroyed by pests.

Tomatoes, easier to be consumed, were loaded into big bags, pilling up at a front yard of Dong Cao Village Cooperative while waiting to be shipped to the city centre.

“Before Tet [Vietnamese Lunar New Year], I earned VND5-6 million [US$216-260] for every 24 square meters of sugar beets. Now, no one wants to buy them,” said Thuan, a farmer in Dong Cao Village.

“Each crop of sugar beets takes 60 days.

“As it passed day 90, we can do nothing but throw them away.”

Song, another farmer, said the cooperative helped to connect them with traders.

“A truck loads some six tonnes of veggies to sell in cities,” he added.

Customers, however, can pay at their will, VND5,000, VND10,000 or VND20,000 ($0.22, $0.43 or $0.87), simply to help cover transportation fees.

“Some of them take a couple of bags for VND50,000 [$2.17]. Tomato price now stops at VND1,500 per kilogram [0.65 cents], but there is hardly anyone bothering to trade it,” said Thuan.

Dam Van Dua, director of the cooperative, said local agricultural products need help to access other markets.

There are 100 tonnes of tomatoes and 200 tonnes of sugar beets waiting to be consumed.

Dua said the cooperative was working to connect farmers with traders and food distributing companies.

At present, some of these products have been delivered to Hanoi’s biggest wholesale markets of Long Bien and Xanh.

“On February 27 solely, we sold 25 tonnes of sugar beets and tomatoes. We expect to bring the rest to the markets in the next few weeks,” he said.

To avoid the abundance that leads to devastating price drops, Dua said they would pay more attention to food processing and balance the allocation of seeds in the next crops.

Me Linh District’s authorities have requested the Hanoi Department of Industry and Trade to introduce them to procurement agencies as well as setting up makeshift booths to help farmers sell vegetables.

Dong Cao Village has 140ha of vegetable farming with some 200 farmers and 400 frequent buyers.

However, under the impacts of COVID-19, traders from other provinces cannot enter the village, leading to slow consumption of agricultural products.


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