Flowers and ornamental plants are cultivated by members of the Pho Tho Flower and Ornamental Plant Cooperative in Can Tho city (Photo: VNA) HCM City (VNS/VNA) – Farmers’ incomes in the Mekong Delta have risen as a result of membership in agricultural cooperatives, but the effectiveness of the groups is still limited, experts have said. Dong Thap province, for example, has good linkages between cooperatives and companies. Set up in 2013, My Dong 2 Agricultural Service Cooperative has more than 100 members and has contracted with the Southern Seed Corporation in Ho Chi Minh City to farm rice for 16 consecutive rice crops. Ngo Phuoc Dung, director of My Dong 2, said the cooperative’s members are guaranteed outlets and have stable profits higher than rice farmers without farm contracts. The Mekong Delta, the country’s largest rice, seafood and fruit producer, has more than 1,800 agricultural cooperatives, accounting for one-third of the total in the country. They have more than 230,000 members, or 15 percent of the delta’s farming households. The delta also has more than 11,700 cooperative groups with more than 260,000 members. All of the cooperatives have helped the agricultural sector meet market requirements for large quantity and standard quality. Members, for… Read full this story
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