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North-central Vietnamese province exports organic rice to Europe for first time

North-central Vietnamese province exports organic rice to Europe for first time

Monday, February 13, 2023, 17:54 GMT+7
North-central Vietnamese province exports organic rice to Europe for first time
A container truck is ready to carry 15 metric tons of Quang Tri Province’s organic rice to Da Nang City for export to Europe. Photo: Quoc Nam / Tuoi Tre

The first 15-metric-ton batch of organic rice of Quang Tri Province in north-central Vietnam will be exported to Europe in the middle of this month, marking a milestone of the province’s agriculture sector.

The provincial People’s Committee on Monday confirmed the information, after negotiations over price and accreditation criteria between Quang Tri Organic Agro Products and the Czech Republic’s NHP Provide, s.r.o were concluded.

The 15 metric tons of rice worth US$1,800 per ton will be transported to the Da Nang Port in the namesake central city for export.

The rice will be distributed to Germany, the Czech Republic, Sweden, and France.

If the organic rice is preferred in Europe, Quang Tri Province will ship some 30-50 metric tons of organic rice to this market per month.

Farmers cultivating organic rice in Quang Tri Province will benefit from the export of rice to Europe. Photo: Quoc Nam / Tuoi Tre

Farmers cultivating organic rice in Quang Tri Province, central Vietnam will benefit from the export of rice to Europe. Photo: Quoc Nam / Tuoi Tre

Local farmers began cultivating organic rice in 2017 with a special process and criteria.

They do not use plant protection drugs, chemical fertilizers, genetically modified varieties, flavoring agents, preservatives, and chemical bleach.

According to the Quang Tri People’s Committee, its organic rice meets 821 quality criteria set by Vietnamese agencies before being accepted by the European market.

In addition, Japan’s Hiroshima University announced that the rice has two valuable compounds—Momilactone A and Momilactone B, which help prevent diabetes, gout, and obesity.

Ha Sy Dong, standing vice-chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, said the province’s export of organic rice to Europe is a new landmark for its agriculture.

“Farmers growing organic rice in the province will benefit as they can improve their living conditions and incomes,” Dong added.

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Thanh Ha - Quoc Nam / Tuoi Tre News

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