Ben Tre has 70,000 hectares of coconut which is one of the biggest sources of coconut products in Vietnam. From here, there are coconut products of international standards such as Cocoxim (Betrimex), Vico (ACP), VietCoco (Luong Quoi Coconut Processing Co., Ltd) ... Coconut, coconut oil, coconut milk, desiccated coconut ... meet international standards and spread to serve markets of more than 40 countries around the world.
Ms. Chau Kim Yen, General Director of Betrimex Company shared: Betrimex's coconut water and coconut milk factory has a capacity of 37 million liters / year with the most advanced sterilization treatment technology to produce quality products. high quality, ensuring consumer health and safety, retaining the fresh and natural flavor of the product without using preservatives.
Ms. Kim Yen added, in parallel with improving the quality of output to meet the increasingly demanding food safety and hygiene needs of Betrimex, Betrimex also focuses on improving the economic life for coconut farmers, stabilizing social security for people to stick with the coconut tree for a long time.
Betrimex supports stabilizing the price of output for farmers in this model by committing to sustainable development through improving the quality of coconuts by developing a 10,000-hectare area of organic raw coconut material standards to to produce clean, good quality, safe coconuts when using and ensuring crop ecosystems. To date, the area of organic coconut material of Betrimex is 3,700ha.
Ms. Nguyen Thi Diem Huong, Head of Raw Material Development of Betrimex said: In the early days of the program, the shift from traditional coconut farming to organic standards made coconut farmers worried and worried. When they have to change a lot of farming practices (using standard organic input sources, concentrated farming area, fertilizing to care for watering periodically, controlling pests and diseases with natural enemies ...).
Understanding this problem, Betrimex's agricultural engineers came to each household to introduce, persuade and guide farmers how to grow organic coconut standard. In addition, Betrimex also organizes many technical training programs, provides free fertilizer in the beginning, introduces sources of quality organic fertilizer to farmers. In addition, Betrimex engineers also regularly visit and check at each household during the cultivation process.
Not stopping there, to solve concerns for people when planting Organic coconuts, Betrimex also ensures output of organic coconut and purchasing coconut to the garden at a price higher than regular coconut by 5-10%.
Gradually, positive signs appeared when the wave of conversion to organic coconut was spread widely among every household in Ben Tre province. To date, about 3,700 hectares of organic coconut gardens have been certified to meet organic standards according to American and European standards. It is expected that by the end of 2020, Betrimex will have about 10,000 hectares of certified Organic coconut garden
One of the people who accompanied Betrimex to develop the Organic coconut material area from the early days was Mr. Lu Van Dung, of Hamlet 8, Hung Le Commune, Giong Trom District, Ben Tre. Mr. Dung said that participating in the conversion to an organic coconut farming method was not only consulted by Betrimex technical staff to guide the farming techniques to grow and develop coconut trees; using standard agricultural inputs but also stabilizing the output, the selling price is higher than the market price. Besides, farmer households like his family also enjoy the investment policy from the company such as providing 100% non-refundable agricultural materials in the first year ...
Mr. Huynh Thanh Hai, General Director of Asia Coconut Processing Company (ACP) also said that, not only investing in a factory with a capacity of 25 million liters a year, meeting the food safety standards of USFDA, BRC, Halal, Kosher, FSSC 22000, HACCP. ACP Company also started investing in building an organic material area, now reaching an area of 370 hectares.