De­mand for or­ganic fer­tiliser grows

Viet Nam News - - BUSINESS -

HCM CITY — An ex­pected rise in de­mand for or­ganic fer­tilis­ers has sparked many com­pa­nies to in­vest more in pro­duc­tion.

The Bình Ñienà II Fer­tiliser Joint Stock Com­pany opened a plant in March with a ca­pac­ity to pro­duce 100,000 tonnes a year in Long An Prov­ince, which in its first phase pro­duces or­ganic and mi­cro­bial fer­tilis­ers and high-grade NPK fer­tilis­ers.

The com­pany plans to in­vest VNÑ200 bil­lion (US$8.77 mil­lion) to an­nu­ally pro­duce 40,000-50,000 tonnes of nano or­ganic fer­tiliser, a new gen­er­a­tion of fer­tilis­ers, from next year.

Nguyeãn Kim Thoa, gen­eral di­rec­tor of Con Coø Vanø g Group, said her com­pany al­ready sup­plies or­ganic fer­tilis­ers to the mar­ket and plans to ded­i­cate an 11ha plant to pro­duce them.

Many com­pa­nies have shifted to or­ganic prod­ucts to meet de­mand for safe agri­cul­tural pro­duce.

Ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment, as of the end of last year, 180 es­tab­lish­ments had been li­censed to pro­duce 2.5 mil­lion tonnes of or­ganic fer­tilis­ers a year, or 8.5 per cent of to­tal out­put.

Mean­while, sta­tis­tics show im­port of or­ganic fer­tilis­ers rock­et­ing in re­cent years. Last year, 220,000 tonnes were im­ported, dou­ble the 2016 vol­ume.

The min­istry said Vieät Nam has great po­ten­tial in or­ganic fer­tiliser pro­duc­tion since an­nu­ally around 60-70 mil­lion tonnes of agri­cul­tural by-prod­ucts and 20 mil­lion of seafood by-prod­ucts are pro­duced.

The by-prod­ucts can be used as raw ma­te­ri­als for mak­ing or­ganic fer­tilis­ers, but they have not been fully ex­ploited for a long time, it said.

This would also help re­duce pol­lu­tion and im­prove soil fer­til­ity and farm pro­duce qual­ity, it said.

Nguyenã Ñình Hacï Thuyù of the Vi­etä Nam Fer­tiliser As­so­ci­a­tion said long-term use of chem­i­cal fer­tilis­ers wors­ens the qual­ity of not only soil but also crops them­selves.

Many coun­tries have shifted to or­ganic agri­cul­ture to en­sure sus­tain­abil­ity, food safety and con­sumers’ health, and it is time to in­crease the pro­duc­tion and use of or­ganic fer­tilis­ers to fos­ter or­ganic farm­ing in Vieät Nam, he said.

But ac­cord­ing to ex­perts, pro­mot­ing their use re­mains dif­fi­cult since farm­ers still pre­fer the quick im­pact of chem­i­cal prod­ucts.

Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture and Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment Nguyeãn Xuanâ Cöônø g said last year the Gov­ern­ment is­sued De­cree No 108/2017/NÑ-CP on fer­tiliser man­age­ment with poli­cies to boost or­ganic fer­tiliser pro­duc­tion.

Us­ing or­ganic fer­tilis­ers is an in­evitable trend and it is time to fo­cus on solutions from the Gov­ern­ment and en­ter­prises to en­cour­age farm­ers to use them, he said.

A grow­ing num­ber of en­ter­prises who col­lab­o­rate with farm­ers have switched to the use of or­ganic fer­tilis­ers since de­mand for such pro­duce is in­creas­ing. — VNS

A worker loads sacks of fer­tilis­ers in­side a ware­house in the South­ern Prov­ince of Caø Mau. — VNA/VNS Photo Kim Haù

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