Three in One, Forest Bitter Melon organic growing


The owners plant Forest Bitter Melon at the Tam Bình Dictrict – Vĩnh Long city, they both own and work. This is a new form of agriculture with many promises.

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Boldly convert crops

Phu Loc town with over 1,200ha of agricultural land, about 70% of people live on agriculture, so people's lives are still difficult. So that Mr. Trần Công Khánh - A town leader found ways to transform crop structure to be most effective, in which the Forest Bitter Melon growing in the rice field is one of the models to solve the problem. "A friend in Hanoi introduced a planted acreage through the forest on rice land with TNB Vietnam (Hung Thanh Ward, Cai Rang District, Can Tho City). The company specializes in trading herbal teas and functional foods from the cross-flowering herbs with raw material areas planted in Soc Trang, Can Tho and Hau Giang.
I and some people make a paticical trip to Can Tho. Here, the company put the budget, accounting profit as if participating in the raw material area "- Mr.Khanh said.

TNB Vietnam has strict requirements such as: raw materials must be clean; End-to-end production processes are tested by the company; Raw material area; The soil and water to be inspected with Vietnam's Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MIC) regulations on microorganisms and heavy metals. All activities of TNB Viet Nam are approved by the local government and the people.
When meeting the requirements, the company will support from seedlings, materials, machinery and techniques the product.

Mr. Tran Cong Khanh said: " With favorable conditions for people, land and non-intrusive salinity to meet the requirements of the company and make more profit. I campaigned for farmers to grow Forest Bitter Melon. "
In the spirit of mutual benefit, the company invests in dryers, drying houses, nets, mulch, truss, drip irrigation systems, seedlings, fertilizers, piles, piles, etc... The company also support farmer in Phu Loc harvest and preliminary processing of products according to the company.
Currently the model is deployed on about 1.5 hectares on the land of Mr. Luong The Nghia (Phu Loc). The land’s rent is 35 million VND / ha / 5 years. Of which, there are 2 regular laborers (3,000 VND / person / month) and about 10 seasonal workers (120,000 VND / person / day).
With according is 30: 30: 40, Mr. Luong The Nghiep 30%, Mr. Tran Cong Khanh 30%, TNB Vietnam 40%. The company covers all products from the raw material area at 120,000 VND / kg dried Forest Bitter Melon.
At the end of the season, the company will account all input and output costs, taking prorated words. As such, the farmer is entitled to a portion of the land rental, monthly salary from regular labor and the profit after deduction of profit.
In order to ensure that the model of rice cultivation through mangroves is highly effective, the parties must follow the principle that the company pays attention to the investment capital, technology, people and government oversight.

Efficiency and Replication

Mr. Luong The Nghiem was happy and took us to visit the model of planting Forest Bitter Melon. He said, "I used to grow rice. The summer-autumn crop is about 500kg/1000m^2, and the winter-spring is about 750-1000kg/ 1000m^2. Prices are uncertain, depending on traders. When I heard that there is a model of planting Forest Bitter Melon on the rice paddy field, I and some people have learned about it. In addition, the company guaranteed the output, and Mr.Khanh also participate in this model, so I am determined to grow The Forest Bitter Melon on our land”.
At first, he encountered a lot of difficulties. When he planted about 2 weeks, a lot of Forest Bitter Melon died due to technical errors. Then the company helped him handle it so his forest bitter melon was growing well. Since April, the tree has been about 30kg each day and given about 3kg of dry products. Now, the Forest Bitter Melon of Mr.Nghiem are harvesting more than 30 kg of dry products.

“In the peak season, the harvest will be 4-5 times. It is higher than these days. Forest Bitter Melon are harvested year round so I see the profit from Forest Bitter Melon is good. Work continuously but work is not heavy. I both have income and help society because it is medicine" Mr. Nghiep said.
Talk about the company's policy, Ms. Nguyen Thi Kim Thoa, TNB's Deputy General Director, said: "The company has calculated the planted area so that the harvested product will not be stagnant and will support the farmers to ensure productivity and quality. After harvest, the company guarantees to buy all products from the Forest Bitter Melon"

With the benefits, Tran Cong Khanh cheerfully said: "After the summer-autumn crop, the famers in Phu Loc will grow Forest Bitter Melon more 2 ha. In addition, the members have prepared the proposal to the relevant agencies for approval. On August-2017, Phu Loc will set up a cooperative to protect and support the members grow Forest Bitter Melon. Increase income for farmers, ensure the harmony between enterprises and workers. This is a model of transforming the agricultural structure of Phu Loc commune from rice cultivation to medicinal plant in the direction of efficiency and sustainability, as well as settling agricultural labor and protecting the environment.

Source: Báo Vĩnh Long