Organic mushroom grower finding stable customers

Nguyen Anh Vo, CEO of Nấm Xanh (Green Mushroom) Farm, has applied his school knowledge to find a stable consumption market. 

Organic mushroom grower finding stable customers
Nguyen Anh Vo, CEO of Nấm Xanh (Green Mushroom) Farm, the organic mushroom indoor cultivation farm in HCM City is happy with stable consumption market. — Photo danviet.vn

The organic mushroom indoor cultivation farm in HCM City earns yearly revenue of VND800 million (US$34,200).

“The consumption market is what I'm most interested in, as the number of mushroom growing farms has increased over the recent years,” he said.

Vo was very fortunate that with his knowledge of economics gained from the University of Economics HCM City (UEH), he found regular customers.

Last October, the farm signed a contract with an enterprise to supply mushrooms after passing many product quality tests.

“I was very happy when I received the news. On the 20km journey back home, I cried like a child, because of the success after a year of work,” he said.

In 2018, Vo co-operated with two friends to set up Nấm Xanh Farm in Hoc Mon District, HCM City.

The farm was close to Hoc Mon wholesale market, so “finding output is not difficult, however, it is important to ask whether we accept the market prices offered by traders,” he said.

Realising that there were difficulties in transport goods, Vo decided to develop a warehouse in Di An District, Binh Duong Province.

Two months before transporting mushrooms to the new warehouse, he surveyed local wholesale and retail markets to introduce products, then listed them on the same route because all traders need to receive goods from 5-6am.  

“I made a list of customers (name, phones, daily average amount of goods, offered price, delivery time), to help me keep close contact with customers and estimate the amount of goods shipped each day to the warehouse,” he said.

“I transport enough products every day, ensuring mushrooms are always fresh on the day.”

Every morning, at 5.20am, Vo drives a motorbike to deliver mushrooms to five markets with a total distance of 20km. The work ends at 6am.

Although the farm now has delivery staff in Binh Duong, he decided to still be responsible for daily delivery and two new employees are looking for customers under Vo’s guidance.

Vo also introduced products on websites, at e-commerce exchanges, and at supermarkets.

 

“There are many mushrooms producers, however most farmers only focus on cultivation techniques and are completely passive in the consumption market,” he said.

Start-up

Nấm Xanh Farm is providing an average of 15 tonnes of mushrooms a month, mainly for HCM City, and some neighbouring regions.

Currently, it has two large farms, each covering 2,500 sq.m, in Hoc Mon District (HCM City) and Long An Province, that growing rice straw and oyster mushrooms and linh chi (Ganoderma lucidum) mushrooms.

Building a mushroom growing farm according to VietGAP standards to bring the best mushroom to consumers was a long-term goal of the farm, according to the CEO, Vo.

“Being directly involved in the production helps me save labour costs and manage product quality,” Vo said.

Nguyen Anh Vo, 30, was born in the central province of Quang Ngai. His family moved to HCM City to settle down.

Having a desire to do business, Vo established his own shoe company when he was a three-year student of UEH.

With the advantage of being an economics student, he had access to knowledge about online businesses when setting up the shoe company. However, in 2016, the young man received his first lesson in failure because of his inexperience in financial management. The company suffered a heavy loss.

"Bankrupt at the age of 25, I realised that if success comes too easily, we often don't appreciate it," Vo said.

The young man decided to enter a new field – agriculture – and set up an indoor organic mushroom cultivation business. In 2018, when the farm was set up, Vo started work at 5.30am and ended at 1am the following day.

Because Vo and his friends lacked techniques and the changing weather, 60 per cent of the first batch of mushrooms of Nấm Xanh Farm failed, causing VND600 million ($25,600) in damage.

Vo also plans to process products including canned mushrooms, shredded mushrooms, mushroom spring-rolls, and look for foreign markets. — VNS

VN farmers use smartphones in cultivation of lingzhi mushrooms

VN farmers use smartphones in cultivation of lingzhi mushrooms

In the past, two or three workers were needed to grow lingzhi mushrooms. But today, one person can undertake the work with just one smartphone.

Start-up plans to bring mushroom products to the world

Start-up plans to bring mushroom products to the world

Back in 2005, Pham Hong Van used to wake up at 2am every day to make homemade mushroom floss to earn money for her family.

 
 

Other News

.
Coronavirus pandemic: Tracking the global outbreak
Coronavirus pandemic: Tracking the global outbreak
FEATUREicon  16/04/2020 

Key maps and charts explaining how the respiratory virus has spread around the world and how it is being dealt with.

Service providers in Vietnam quickly adapt to COVID-19 pandemic
Service providers in Vietnam quickly adapt to COVID-19 pandemic
FEATUREicon  14/04/2020 

Virtual kitchen, tech fitness at home and others are among the business models going online during the stay-at-home period.

Shifting to medical face masks not very fruitful on long term
Shifting to medical face masks not very fruitful on long term
FEATUREicon  14/04/2020 

Switching to face mask production may not yield long-term benefits as the COVID-19 pandemic should last no more than two years based on previous epidemics.

EVFTA remains guiding light in mitigating trade depletion
EVFTA remains guiding light in mitigating trade depletion
FEATUREicon  13/04/2020 

The European Union entry ban on its wide borders comes in a crucial year for Vietnamese exporters to the EU, leading to the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement to become ever more important for both sides in the year to come.    

World watches as China moves ahead on economic chessboard
World watches as China moves ahead on economic chessboard
FEATUREicon  13/04/2020 

China is beginning to offer a glimpse into the near future for some countries, as the economic superpower tries to pick itself back up slowly following major lockdowns in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

Grounds for new hope to unfreeze FDI process
Grounds for new hope to unfreeze FDI process
FEATUREicon  14/04/2020 

Vietnam’s foreign investment picture in the first quarter of 2020 showed the hardest downtrend in over a decade since the 2003 SARS pandemic, as the current coronavirus continues to thrash manufacturing, real estate, retail, services, and tourism.

Vietnam stands to win as “China+1” gains traction
Vietnam stands to win as “China+1” gains traction
FEATUREicon  14/04/2020 

Changes in the global supply chain are taking place due to the virus outbreak, prompting a mounting number of foreign manufacturers to speed up their relocation from China to neighbouring countries including Vietnam.

Invigorating investors with PPP draft
Invigorating investors with PPP draft
FEATUREicon  14/04/2020 

The Ministry of Planning and Investment has released the latest draft Law on Public-Private Partnerships in a move to make a fresh shift towards a specific and consolidated framework for bankable projects.

One-legged professional martial artist inspires students
One-legged professional martial artist inspires students
FEATUREicon  12/04/2020 

If you spend the morning exercising in Tao Dan Park in the centre of HCM City, you may come across an unusual yet inspiring sight: a fit Vietnamese man with one leg practising martial arts. 

Women can realise the dream to fly
Women can realise the dream to fly
FEATUREicon  13/04/2020 

Meeting Ha Thu Huong, very few people would think the pretty woman with a gentle voice is the co-pilot on a Vietnam Airlines Airbus A321. Her energetic style and friendly manner both add to the equation.

Women with strong wills
Women with strong wills
FEATUREicon  14/04/2020 

They are beautiful, emotional and vulnerable like other women. Yet their strong determination and bravery have made them special, and given the assets they need to fulfill heavy tasks usually associated with men.

Pre-teen novelist fires up Vietnam's literature scene
Pre-teen novelist fires up Vietnam's literature scene
FEATUREicon  15/04/2020 

The local literature scene has become more vibrant now that an 11-year-old student has published his fictional novel Người Sao Chổi (Comet Man).

Thu Nhi to become Vietnam’s first world boxing champion
Thu Nhi to become Vietnam’s first world boxing champion
FEATUREicon  11/04/2020 

Nguyen Thi Thu Nhi bounces back and forth, landing punches at will. She bobs and weaves to avoid her opponent, and then finishes up with running and skipping.

V.League 1's top strikers over last 20 years
V.League 1's top strikers over last 20 years
FEATUREicon  11/04/2020 

During its 20-year history, some top strikers have graced the V.League 1 with their talents, with many going on to win the Golden Boot.

Six moments of genius from football star Quang Hai
Six moments of genius from football star Quang Hai
FEATUREicon  08/04/2020 

With the COVID-19 pandemic taking football off our screens, what better time for a reminder of some of his best pieces of genius?

Artist brightens sick kids' days with paintings
Artist brightens sick kids' days with paintings
FEATUREicon  11/04/2020 

Many people in the central province of Quang Tri may know Truong Dinh Dung as a charitable man, but they may not know he's also an accomplished artist.

Tech retailers manage to survive COVID-19 pandemic
Tech retailers manage to survive COVID-19 pandemic
FEATUREicon  08/04/2020 

Many retailers in phone and electronics segments focus on developing online channels to survive the coronavirus pandemic.

All winners in the history of the Voice of Vietnam
All winners in the history of the Voice of Vietnam
FEATUREicon  06/04/2020 

Since it started in 2012, six singers have won the top prize in the reality TV show, The Voice of Vietnam. Do you have a favourite winner? Here’s a recap of all the successful singers since the show started.

12 shining examples of VN volunteering and acts of kindness in the COVID-19 pandemic
12 shining examples of VN volunteering and acts of kindness in the COVID-19 pandemic
FEATUREicon  06/04/2020 

Times of crisis can often bring out the best in people. As the COVID-19 situation becomes more and more complicated in Vietnam, many have stepped up to help doctors and their communities, any way they can. 

Global pharma groups push on with operations
Global pharma groups push on with operations
FEATUREicon  06/04/2020 

Despite having risk management solutions to ensure drug import continuity to Vietnam in response to EU border closures, international pharma giants Sanofi, Zuellig Pharma, Adamed, and Novartis are closely monitoring the situation

 
 
 
Leave your comment on an article

OR QUICK LOGIN