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One of the tasks under aproject to improve the condition of local people, it will be carried outin two phases in Can Tho city and the delta’s 12 provinces.
Thefirst phase, which began in July and will end in October, involvesappraising the Delta’s collective economic sector and functioning ofexisting cooperatives and proposing new cooperative models for theregion’s three key products.
The second phase, to go on until July 2016, will see implementation of the new models.
Thedelta’s individual economy has developed well and the region hasdesignated special areas for growing rice and fruits and aquaculture,according to the ministry.
But people are still poor and do not have stable incomes because they do not have stable markets for their products.
DeputyMinister of Planning and Investment Dang Huy Dong said the 2012Cooperative Law offers a suitable model for fixing these problems byproviding members of cooperative inputs at low prices, productiontechniques and technologies, and guaranteed outlets, he added.
CanTho and the 12 provinces have 1,300 cooperatives with 23,260 membersand 45,000 cooperative teams, according to the Southwestern RegionSteering Committee.
Full-fledged cooperatives should have at least seven members while those with at least three are considered cooperative teams.
Only2-5 percent of farmers in the Delta are members of cooperatives, withthe main hurdles to membership being low education standards and poormanagement of the cooperatives, local authorities said.
HuynhChi Nguyen, deputy director of the Hau Giang Province Department ofAgriculture and Rural Development, said most of the province’s 106cooperatives are small and have difficulty in finding regular outletsfor their produce.
Besides suitable mechanisms and policies, human resources are also a key aspect in developing cooperatives, he said.
NgoHong Chieu, deputy director of the Dong Thap Province Department ofPlanning and Development, said people with money and education prefer toset up their own companies rather than join cooperatives.
Of the province’s 200 cooperatives, only a few have chairpersons with a university degree, he pointed out.
Mostcooperatives offer basic services like pumping water and supplyingbreed stock and seeds. It is difficult for them to attract members sincemost cannot find stable markets for their produce.
NguyenQuoc Hai, chairman of the Can Tho City Cooperative Alliance, saidproblems related to policies, funding, and human resources and a lack ofsuccessful model.-VNA