The 6thNational Congress of Vietnam Gardening Association: Continue to support eradication of poverty and enrichment

Posted at: MONday - 12/05/2014 15:27 - post name: Nguyễn Thị Thùy


With the aim of further strengthening organization,developing economy through implementation of VAC, eliminating hunger and reducing poverty and, contributing positively to“The scheme of restructuring agriculture” and rural development programs, The 6th National Congress of Vietnam Gardening Association (2014 - 2019) was a great success with many important policies and decisions which will bring changesin both quality and scale of the VAC system and the farm economy in the future. Nearly 300 delegates representing more than 800,000 members across the country have worked seriously and urgently in honor and pride.

The proud achievements

Along the process of national renewal, Vietnam Gardening Association is a socio-professional organizationwhich has the largest network of local branch and membership and also positively contributes to the process of economic and social development. In the final report of the 5th term by Prof. Ngo The Dan, vice president of the Standing Committee of Vietnam Gardening Association, many impressive features and achievements of the society innearly 30 years werementioned andwere embellished.

According to the report, in the past 5 years, the organization has constantly grown in both quantity and quality with nearly 820,000 members, 18 481 branches, 6197 and 493 fellowships at commute level and district level respectively. Compared with the end of the previous term, it has added 30,000 members, 6,149 fellowship at village level. So far, the country has 15 provincial society recognized as the society with specific characteristics and they are often subsidized from the state budget. Some units have not yet been recognized but still be delivered payroll and benefits partly from the state budget. This shows the role of the association in local economic and social development.

Nowadays, the economic model VAC Vietnam initiated and launched by the gardening association is considered as an effective and sustainablemethod. It changes according to the process of development, from serving family mealsand improving nutrition to producing goods reaching to GAP standard.

In the past 5 years, the local manager has mobilized their members and farmers to renovate 75 % of gardens, ponds and cage, plant fruit trees in 500.000ha, build78,000 houses of gratitude. Many economic models based on VAC system brought high incomes such as plating oranges and grapefruit helped several families in Phu Xuyen district ( Hanoi) earn 300-500 million / year ; orchards with tourism in Cu Chi ( Ho Chi Minh ) brought 150-200 million / year . Even mountainous areas also implemented high income economic method such as  growing oranges in Vi Xuyen ( Ha Giang ) , GaoFeng ( Hoa Binh ) got of 500 million to 1 billion / year ; tortoise , porcupine at Chi Lang , LocBinh ( Lang Son ) , Song Ma ( Son La ) with income of 200-300 million / household . In the southern provinces, many planting special crop models brought high-income and exporting value such as dragon (Binh Thuan), green grapefruit in Tien Giang, Long An.

According to the Prof.Dr. Ngo The Dan, the new thing in activities and economic movements of association through 5 years is helping  members and farmers access and the widely applied the models produced under GAP standards. Many fruit trees have a comparative advantage in the provinces of An Giang, Tien Giang, Vinh Long, Long An, Tra Vinh, Ben Tre, Dong Thap,... as dragon fruit, star apple, mangosteen, longan, lychee , grapefruit green skin,... has been certified GlobalGAP, VietGAP and exported to the difficult markets in large quantities and increasing turnover.

In addition, the Board has co-ordinated with ministries, agencies, political organizations in implementation of social projects and schemes and achieved good results. Vietnam GardeningAssociationcontinued to renew joint resolution with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in order to create cooperation mechanisms among associations of all levels with the agricultural sector. Through these topicand projects,for 5 years, the society has provided support to households with 1,500 ha planting of fruit trees, raising 150,000 chickens in biosecuritymethod,feedloting798 cattle. Only in the 2010-2013 periods, the societymade 13 extension projects with a total cost of 10 billion dong, deployed in 18 provinces in the country.

Because of the large target

On the basis of strategic economic and social development, the scheme of restructuring the agricultural sector has been approved by the Government , Gardening Association determined the direction  and the duties of the economic development movement VAC in 6th term (2014-2019) is to further consolidate and organize the economic development,implement the goals of poverty reduction and enrichment, positively contribute to the scheme of restructuring of agriculture and new rural reconstruction program...

According to Mr.Dan, in the next term, consolidation and development will be considered as an important task but the association will focus on strengthening the organization activities, especially at commune and villagelevels. In addition to increasing more new members, the society will establish more basis units, maintain regular mode of living, focus on improving the quality of its members, not to increase the numberof achievements.

Focusing on economic development, farm economy contributed to practical criteria for the implementation of income in the new rural construction program. Economic development using VAC system should be under GAP standard and flourished because it is considered as an inevitable trend.

Speaking at the meeting, Mr. Tran Thanh Nam, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development emphasized that Vietnam Gardening Associationis a professional association established quite early with 28 years of development and growth;they have contributed significantly to the development of agriculture and rural areas. To achieve that, the first thank should be spent to the dedicated , enthusiastic , experienced leaders of the Association, in response to the participation of members active in the country; The second one is the content of the work which is plentiful , practical , consistent with the needs of the people , especially rural people ...

“In the new term, Vietnam gardening association needs to actively participate in developing agricultural with high technologyapplications; convey the experience of producing for farmers,develop more farms, establish business. The success of the next period will contribute to the success of the restructuring scheme”, he emphasized.

The Congress elected the executive committee of new tenure with 85 comrades. Prof. Ngo the Dan was elected as chairman;PhD. Bui SyTieu, PhD. Le Quoc Doanh,TS. VoMai,TS. Nguyen DuyLuong, Nguyen Quoc Tuan was elected as vice president of the Central Committee of Vietnam gardening association.

The 6th National Congress of Vietnam Gardening Association ended in excitement, pride and expectations about new development of economic models VAC, farm economy. Therefore after the next 5 years, the typical economic enrichment using VAC method will be honored and the society will always reliable address for farmers and members having the desire to get rich from their own gardens and ponds.

Translated by Nga Nguyen



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