Every day, Mrs. Nguyễn Thị Nhị goes to her field in Dang Xa to take care of her vegetables. Her family owns a 1,000m2 piece of land which they cultivate attentively following Good Agricultural Practices.
“Dang Xa is a traditional vegetable cultivation area long established in the capital. It is certified as a qualified area for safe vegetable production in Hanoi” tells Mr. Nguyen Tuan Khanh, Director of Dang Xa Agricultural Service Cooperative.
To certify that Mrs. Nhi and other members of the cooperative do indeed follow Good Agricultural Practices, Dang Xa cooperative recently introduced PGS with the support of Hanoi’s Department of Plant Protection and Rikolto. Three groups were initially set up, involving fifty farmers. Participatory Guarantee System (PGS), is a low-cost participatory quality assurance mechanism that guarantees the quality of agricultural products and has the potential to regain consumers’ trust. It has been implemented in Vietnam for over 10 years with results in the fields of improved food safety, environmental sustainability, community building and income for farmers.
"Our daily activities are recorded in a logbook, from planting the seeds to the application of pesticides and fertilizers. Every two weeks, all the PGS group members meet to discuss the production plan and how farming households divide production. Our main client is An Sinh high-tech company. We supply the company with safe vegetables under a one-year contract. Thanks to PGS, our products comply with their quality standards" Mrs. Nhi says.