Unstable and sub-standard qualities of agricultural products remained the biggest worry for exporters. Ensuring the stable and consistent quality of agricultural products of cooperatives is critical to achieving sustainable exports. Here, the links between farmers and enterprises are vital.
Nguyễn Trung Đông, Principal of the College of Management for Agriculture and Rural Development, said that the export market for agricultural products was expanding. China this year officially opened its doors for five products of Vietnam. However, high standards were set to ensure quality.
While cooperatives were identified, together with enterprises, as the core force for agricultural production, the production quality remained below expectations, he said.
Ngô Tường Vy, Deputy Director of fruit export company Chánh Thu, said that there was a lack of uniformity in product quality as farmers and cooperatives did not cooperate with each other to follow certain standards. Bùi Bá Bổng, former Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, said that the agricultural sector was aiming to build production areas in which every participant was held accountable and managed with transparency.
Increased guidance should be provided to help farmers increase their understanding of the benefits when complying with standards and ensuring stable and consistent product quality.
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