At the start of 2017, Tu Xa Safe Vegetables Cooperative, one of VECO’s partners in Phu Tho province, started a new collaboration with VinEco on safe vegetables supply. This article introduces this new partnership and provides some insights into Tu Xa’s transition towards a reliable business partner.
Tu Xa Cooperative is a young cooperative created in December 2015 with the support of Lam Thao district in Phu Tho province. It is composed of 57 member farmers cultivating safe vegetables on 3.5 hectares of land. Since early 2016, VECO has supported 26 farmers to set up and implement a Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) for safe vegetables using the Basic GAP standard, a simplified version of VietGAP that was official recognised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in July 2014. The Cooperative’s current production capacity is around 9-10 tons of vegetables/month in summer and 6-7 tons/month in winter.
VinEco – a member of VinGroup – joined the agricultural industry in 2015 and works with farms throughout Vietnam to ensure high quality and safety standards of fruits and vegetables to be sold in the VinMart supermarket network. In 2016, it launched a nationwide call to cooperatives, looking for safe vegetables suppliers.