Queá Voõ po­ta­toes re­ceive trade­mark

Viet Nam News - - FEA­TURES -

BAÉC NINH — Sev­eral weeks be­fore Teát (Lu­nar New Year), Ñinh Thò Caån and other farm­ers of Phuø Löông Com­mune in Queá Voõ District, the north­ern prov­ince of Baéc Ninh are har­vest­ing po­ta­toes to serve peak de­mand over the hol­i­day sea­son.

This year, thanks to favourable weather con­di­tions and goodqual­ity seeds, har­vest came early af­ter three months of cul­ti­va­tion.

Af­ter plant­ing three hectares of po­ta­toes this sea­son, Caån said this year‘s crop has higher-thannor­mal pro­duc­tiv­ity.

“Big-sized po­ta­toes with high lev­els of nu­tri­tion give us hope of a bumper crop,” she said.

Potato cul­ti­va­tion in the com­mune started humbly from a small num­ber of farm­ers who sowed the seeds to feed their fam­i­lies.

Farmer Trieäu Thò Saùu said lo­cal farm­ers used to only plant two rice crops per year and aban­doned the land in the win­ter sea­son. Re­al­is­ing the empty fields in the win­ter could be used for an­other crop, they started cul­ti­vat­ing po­ta­toes with the as­sis­tance of lo­cal au­thor­i­ties. Many farm­ers have in­vested in cul­ti­va­tors and rented land to ex­pand their pro­duc­tion ar­eas to five to 10 hectares each.

This sea­son, Saùu earned a profit of more than VNÑ50 mil­lion (US$2,100) from more than four hectares.

Queá Voõ’s farm­ers have ex­panded their cul­ti­va­tion ar­eas and turned their district into an area spe­cial­is­ing in potato farm­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to Nguyeãn Thò Thu Hieàn, head of the district’s agri­cul­ture and ru­ral de­vel­op­ment divi­sion, the potato cul­ti­va­tion area for the 2018-19 win­ter-spring crop is nearly 1,700 ha. Each hectare will pro­duce 1,800- 1,900 kilo­grammes.

Potato cul­ti­va­tion in the com­mune started humbly from a small num­ber of farm­ers who sowed the seeds to feed their fam­i­lies.

Queá Voõ po­ta­toes have brought high prof­its to lo­cal farm­ers and are known as an agri­cul­tural brand not only within the lo­cal­ity but also the whole na­tion.

The brand was recog­nised by the Na­tional Of­fice of In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty of Vieät Nam and re­ceived a trade­mark.

Ac­cord­ing to farm­ers, the fea­tures that make Queá Voõ po­ta­toes dif­fer­ent from oth­ers are their yel­low colour, at­trac­tive ap­pear­ance and but­tery starchy taste.

Farmer Ñaøo Vieát Naêm told Viet­nam News Agency that Queá Voõ farm­ers are proud of their po­ta­toes, es­pe­cially since it was granted a brand name.

“We have to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for our prod­uct to pro­vide the best qual­ity and safest po­ta­toes to con­sumers,” he said.

Farm­ers in the district re­ceive an­nual train­ing on stan­dard­ised potato cul­ti­va­tion prac­tices and post-har­vest preser­va­tion, and are en­cour­aged to ap­ply Vieät Nam Good Agri­cul­tural Prac­tices (Vi­etGAP) stan­dards in their pro­cess­ing.

Last year the district’s au­thor­i­ties de­vel­oped 30 potato cul­ti­va­tion zones cov­er­ing more than 220ha with a sep­a­rate potato-clas­si­fy­ing and pro­cess­ing area. Lo­cal au­thor­i­ties are aim­ing for high-qual­ity, dis­ease-free po­ta­toes with avail­able do­mes­tic seeds and re­duced im­ported costs. — VNS

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