(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.
Nguyen Van Thang stands next to a grapefruit nursery.
Thang has changed the mind
of local residents when he first brought red sugarcane to Thung Rech.
At first, he planted
sugarcane on one hectare and then expanded the area to three hectares. Each
hectare brought him an average annual income of 30 million VND. At the time, red
sugarcane growing became a solution to hunger elimination and poverty reduction
in the area and Thang was called "King of Sugarcane”. However, in 1998, all
sugarcane plantation areas were ruined by fires, causing great economic losses.
In 2000, Thang began growing oranges, mainly Xa Doai orange varieties, on a
1.5-ha area. His orange garden could produce 70 tonnes at its peak.
To date, his family’s orchards
have been expanded to nearly five hectares, of which three hectares of oranges,
one hectare of lemons and grapefruits, and one hectare of longans. The orchards
rake in over 1 billion VND in revenue each year, with a disposable profit of
700 million VND.
Thanks to his creative
dynamism and willingness to restructure the crops, Thang has turned himself
into a millionaire in Thung Rech. He has also created stable jobs and incomes for
Since late 2016 when Thang
joined Muong Dong Agriculture & Trade Cooperative, he has been encouraged
to follow a farming model that is suitable to the locality’s potential and
To help the crops develop
well, Thang combined different types of fertilizers for the best results.
Oranges from his garden
are sweet and become a favorite among consumers. Thang revealed that preventing
diseases and using fertilizers are the most important tasks in growing oranges
and mandarins. He frequently examines the garden to prune tree branches and
promptly detect symptoms of diseases. Thang and other members of the Muong Dong
Agriculture & Trade Cooperative are now following a new cultivation method
that promotes the use of organic fertilizers to ensure food safety and protect the
Thang’s achievements are
admirable, reflecting the aspiration and perseverance of a man who dares to
leave the city to settle in a remote area and always strives to get rid of poverty.
(HBO) – The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of Hoa Binh province has recently partnered with the national centre for plant varieties and Thai Binh Seed Corporation to hold a conference on directing use of varieties and management of new pests in rice and citrus fruits in the province.
(HBO) – Hoa Binh Lake is one of the largest artificial lakes in Vietnam. Spanning 8,900 hectares in 19 communes in five districts and Hoa Binh city, the lake poses huge potential for freshwater fish raising. Many businesses have invested to expand floating cage fish farming on Hoa Binh Lake, said Hoang Van Son, head of the provincial department of fisheries said.
HBO – Bui Van Luc, Secretary of the Party Committee of Son Thuy commune (Kim Boi district), is one of the pioneers in bringing Huong Chi longan variety to the locality and successfully creating Son Thuy longan variety, which has opened opportunities for local people to escape poverty and get rich. He was selected as an excellent farmer and was honoured with certificates of merit by the State President and the Prime Minister.
(HBO) – The northern province of Hoa Binh is now home to six agricultural seed production and trade centres, including Cao Phong MTV Ltd. Co., Song Boi MTV Ltd. Co., Hoa Binh agricultural services joint Stock Company, Phuong Huyen seed production and trade Ltd. Co., and Boi river maize production and research centre.
HBO – Nguyen Hong Yen, who manages the Linh Dung organic farm in Dong Ngoai hamlet of Vinh Tien commune (Kim Boi district), is considered the first Vietnamese planting organic citrus. His farm’s citrus fruits were recently recognised by the NHO- QSCERT as organic products in conformity with Vietnam’s organic agricultural requirements TCVN 11401:2015.
(HBO) – Everyone in Thanh Nong commune of Lac Thuy district compliments Nguyen The Hung, also called "Hung Crickets", in Vai village, on his idea of raising insects to get rich.