Thanks to LUSOTEC’s certification, 29 members can continue to sell their tea under the UTZ label. The Good Agricultural Practices adopted by LUSOTEC’s tea farmers positively impact the environment. These practices include for example environmental protection techniques such as the establishment of no-hunting and non-spraying zones to protect water bodies, a complete halt to the use of herbicides, and a significant reduction in the use of other chemicals. These practices brought a positive impact on the environment as indicated by an increase in the amount of birds around production areas and the absence of toxic waste near the farms. Despite not applying for UTZ certification, another 136 LUSOTEC farmers have continued to practice integrated pest management which is further reducing their environmental impact.
The farmers who obtained UTZ certification indicated two main motivations to apply and follow UTZ’s ecological approach: first, there are increasingly more market opportunities for safe dried green tea, both domestically and internationally, which can generate an attractive price premium for farmer. And second, they are genuinely interested in protecting their environment.
This renewed certification is an important step for the cooperative which will now focus on expanding its production of dried green tea and widening its pool of buyers.
Contact: Mr Hoang Thanh Hai, Project Manager, hai [at] veco.org.vn