(HBO) – Responding to the appeal of the Party, Nguyen Van Chien from Dan Phuong district, former Ha Tay province, and other 100 local young people moved to work in the Hoa Binh lake area in Voi hamlet, Thai Thinh commune, the northern province of Hoa Binh, in 1978. Three years later, he decided to make a living from scratch in the locality. After 40 years, he built a big stilt house surrounded by 10-ha pomelo orchard which earns him hundreds of millions of Vietnam dong a year. However, Chien’s biggest asset is his strong will and great endeavours to surmount any difficulties he met.
Nguyen Van Chien, Voi hamlet, Thai Thinh commune, Hoa Binh
city, stands in his pomelo orchard.
Though coming from the
majority Kinh ethnic group, Chien built a stilt house of the Muong ethnic
minority group. When I entered his house, Chien’s family just came back from a
visit to their garden where they dug bamboo shoots for sale. Chien said he
planted the bamboo trees since the early years when he came here with the
support of the State. He pockets tens of millions of
Vietnam dong annually from bamboo
shoots. Four members of his family harvested 2 million tonnes of bamboo shoots
from 6-10am today, earning more than 1 million VND.
After returning from
military service, Chien and his wife decided to settle in Voi hamlet. Then, the
road linking Hoa Binh city and Voi hamlet was a trail running along hills to
the lake. On the very first days, they built a tent by wood and bamboo, and
planted corn, cassava and bean. They worked all days and came home late at
night. The cultivation of corn and cassava required great efforts but it was
even harder to sell the products. He had to get up at 3m to carry about 7km of
corn and cassava to Hoa Binh town to sell. After coming back from the market,
he continued with the farming work. If there was no corn and cassava, Chien
collected firewood to bring to the market to trade for rice and food.
After failures in planting
apricot and plum, Chien decided to bring pomelo trees from his hometown to Voi
hamlet. It was said that the severe weather conditions and mountainous soil in
the locality could not support the growth of pomelo trees. After three years,
the pomelo trees bore good-quality fruits, which motivated him to expand the
Taking me to the
closely-fruited pomelo orchard, Chien said Dien pomelo trees require less care
and bear tasty fruits. Traders commented that my pomelo fruits are better than
those planted in other areas. Chien said he now owns nearly
10 ha of pomelo trees. Last
year, the orchard gave a yield of more than 20,000 pomelo fruits. Apart from
the fruit, Chien also planted persimmon, guava and custard apple. Last year, he
constructed a concrete road leading to the garden.
Chien’s son, Nguyen Van
Huu, told me before saying goodbye that strong will and diligence is the asset
they have inherited from his parents./.
Vietnam has so far this year imported 4.13 million tonnes of corn worth US$825 million, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
(HBO) – Son Thuy commune of Kim Boi district has enjoyed a bumper longan crop for another year. It is entering a new longan harvest season. Farmers are joyfully reaping longan while buyers from other provinces are also flocking to Son Thuy to purchase the fruit.
(HBO) – In compliance with the Party and State’s policies in recent years, the northern mountainous province of Hoa Binh has issued a number of mechanisms and policies to fuel the private economy.
They included procedures on investing in commercial housing, public-private partnership projects, incentives for cultivation and fish farming on Hoa Binh lake, agricultural and rural development, and many others that help improve the business climate.
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(HBO) – Being keen on gardening, Nguyen Van Thang, born in Hanoi’s outlying Ba Vi district in 1969, has been spending more than 20 years in Thung Rech, a rich soil area in Tu Son commune of Kim Boi district (Hoa Binh province). Between 1992 and 1997, he was known as "King of Sugarcane” in Thung Rech. He was the first to grow sugarcane in the area, leading to a mass cultivation that helped local people alleviate hunger and reduce poverty.