(VAN) An inland traffic route is sponsored by the VnSAT Project to help members of the Ea Wi Agricultural Service Cooperative develop sustainable coffee.
On May 27, the VnSAT Project Management Board - Dak Lak held a handover ceremony for the project "Upgrading the transport system for inter-regional sustainable coffee development in Ea Yong commune, Krong Pak district".
The ceremony welcomed the presence of Mr. Hardwick - Project Manager, World Bank Representative in Vietnam; Mr. Le Van Hien, Director of the VnSAT Project Management Board - Central and Mr. Vu Duc Con, Deputy Director of Dak Lak Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
The 8 km long road sponsored by the VnSAT Project. Photo: Quang Yen.
The inter-regional road project in Ea Yong commune is sponsored by the VnSAT Project for Ea Wi Agricultural Service Cooperative with a length of 7.63 km and a total investment of VND 22 billion. The work is designed as a trade traffic road. The roadbed is 5m wide, of which the surface of the concrete road is 3.5m wide. The work includes two routes: Route 1 is 2.8 km long; Route 2 is over 5 km long.
Mr. Ama Zon, Deputy Director of Ea Wi Agricultural Service Cooperative, said that in the past the educational level of ethnic minorities was still limited. Coffee farming faced many difficulties, and the productivity was low, not to mention the underdeveloped transportation system. As a result, the production costs were so high that the cultivation was assessed to have low efficiency. The livelihoods of cooperative members were fairly affected.
After participating in the VnSAT Project, Ea Wi cooperative gained the attention and support of the VnSAT Project Management Board - Dak Lak. The project experts organized many training courses on sustainable coffee production and re-cultivation. The project also constructed coffee production demonstration points for people to gain more knowledge, so the productivity and output of cooperative members were gradually improved.
“In the past, it was very difficult for people to travel, cultivate and transport products, especially in the rainy season when the roads became muddy and nothing could move on them. After receiving support from the VnSAT Project, the concrete road is made, and farmers' farming activities have become more convenient. Transportation costs have clearly been reduced, thereby helping cooperative members increase farming proficiency and earn more profits,” said Mr. Ama Zon.
Mr. Vu Duc Con, Deputy Director of Dak Lak Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said that the VnSAT project had exceeded the initial set plan. Photo: Quang Yen.
Mr. Ta Van Cham, Vice Chairman of the People's Committee of Ea Yong commune, Krong Pak district said that the locality had reached the goal of “new rural construction” since 2018, in which the second criterion is traffic. It was very difficult for the government to implement this criterion as it required abundant resources and the united efforts of the people ready to donate land. The VnSAT Project has contributed to helping the locality invest in completing the roads and fulfill the criteria.
Mr. Vu Duc Con, Deputy Director of Dak Lak Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said that the VnSAT Project had been initiated at localities in 2015 and had been implemented in ten districts, towns and cities. The set target was to benefit 60,000 farmers. Fifty farmer organizations in the project area were trained to apply sustainable coffee farming procedures to an area of 15,000 ha.
The project has currently been completed with the plan exceeding expectations. To be more specific, sixty-four farmer organizations have been trained and supported by the project. 72,000 farmers gain benefit from it, resulting in improved livelihoods. The coffee area applied sustainable farming procedures reaches nearly 20,000 ha.
In terms of infrastructure, the VnSAT Project has invested in upgrading a total of 21 infrastructure works from 2016 to 2020 to serve the demand of connecting key coffee production areas of the province. Nine construction works are invested in the 2021-2022 period in particular.
Delegates cut the ribbon to inaugurate the route. Photo: Quang Yen.
“The project ‘Upgrading the transport system for inter-regional sustainable coffee development in Ea Yong commune, Krong Pak district’ is one of nine infrastructure sub-projects in the public investment phase. The project has practical significance in connecting traffic in production areas, serving as a great help in the development of sustainable coffee for cooperative members in particular and local people in general,” said Mr. Con.
Author: Minh Quy