A number of Vietnamese within the Russian Federation have invested in building small farms to grow fruit and vegetables, intent on meeting meet the demand of the Vietnamese community. Many of them have dared to invest in large-scale farms, not only to serve the Vietnamese people, but also to bring their products to supermarket chains to provide for Russian consumers.
Chairman of the Vietnamese Association in Volgograd city Duong Hai An’s farm showed large plots of lush green corn and beds of tomatoes laden with fruit. The vegetable growing area boasted trusses of fresh cucumbers, squash, beans, cabbage and water morning glory.
An said: “I saw that the land of Russia is fertile and large and the agricultural sector is supported by the Russian Government, so I decided to participate in agricultural production. The investment in agriculture is also to prove that in addition to trading activities, Vietnamese people are also involved in commodity production, contributing to the local economy and winning more affection from the government."
According to him, the demand for fruit and vegetables in Russia is very large. The Russian government is also encouraging investment in agriculture with a number of incentives regarding land tax, refunds for investing in large projects and annual compensation for losses from the cost of seeds.
An’s company, Volga-Viet, purchased more than 200ha of land to build a farm which is about a two hours’ drive from the city centre. In addition to the outdoor farming area, An also built farming houses covered by nylon to extend the planting time after winter comes. All of the farming areas are installed with modern irrigation systems.
The farm also has a breeding area with hundreds of sheep and goats to provide meat for supermarkets. Meanwhile, the pig raising area, with dozens of pigs, mainly meets the needs of Vietnamese people. The barn is full of pumpkins and barrels of newly harvested tomatoes.