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Clean vegetable project launched in Son La Province
Monday,  2/4/2019, 15:29 

Clean vegetable project launched in Son La Province

The Saigon Times Daily

Kick-off activity on the project site - PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE AUSTRALIAN EMBASSY IN VIETNAM

HCMC – The first agriculture project under the GREAT Program has been launched in Van Ho District of Son La Province to support the development of clean high-quality vegetable production areas through a public private partnership model.

The project received an AUD88,000 investment from the Australian Government and approximately AUD100,000 from implementing partners including the Agriculture and Rural Development Department of Van Ho District, Van Ho Vegetable Cooperative and Northwest Stevia Agriculture Company.

The project will be carried out in five villages of the district, offering training in VietGAP vegetable production standards to women from Thai, Muong and Hmong ethnic communities.

Addressing the launching ceremony, Justin Baguley, Acting Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy in Vietnam, said the project marks an important milestone for the GREAT Program as this is the first activity to be implemented on the ground in Son La and the first agricultural project approved under the program.

“I am delighted to see that this project will support women led cooperatives and women led businesses with a target of creating employment and increasing income for 180 women. We see fantastic opportunities for agriculture and tourism development in both Van Ho and Moc Chau, the other target district of the GREAT Program in Son La, given your favorable natural conditions, your rich cultural history and farming practices," he said.

"We also recognize the significant role women play in agriculture and tourism, and the potential these sectors provide to further improve the lives of ethnic minority women,” he added.

The Gender-Responsive Equitable Agriculture and Tourism (GREAT) program is an initiative of the Australian Government, which aims to empower local women in the northwestern provinces of Son La and Lao Cai to engage in agriculture and tourism markets and enhance women’s voices in economic decision-making.

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