No longer having to discard vegetables, many farmers in Hai Duong province, Vietnam’s Covid-19 hotspot, can now sell their farm produce on e-commerce platforms.
A campaign launched by Viettel Post has helped many farmers save their agricultural products from being discarded on fields due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The family of Mrs. Vu Thi Hue (Gia Xuyen commune, Gia Loc district), a vegetable grower, has been seriously affected in recent months. Hue told VietNamNet that because Hai Duong is the epidemic center, the price for vegetables has dropped to the lowest level in many years. Worse, the transport of agricultural produce from Hai Duong to other provinces has been very difficult.
This situation changed when Viettel Post helped Hai Duong farmers sell agricultural products on its e-commerce floor called Vo So (Voso.vn). This is the first time Hai Duong farmers have offered their agricultural products on the e-commerce floor.
Hue said that the purchase and sale of agricultural products online is convenient because the shipping fee is partly financed by the platform operator. Farmers have a more stable source of income than from selling their goods in the market, which is very uncertain.
“It helps us limit our exposure to a large number of people during the epidemic. The wet market is both crowded and not clean. At wet market, because the vegetables have already been harvested, we have to sell them at any price,” Hue said.
Mr. Nguyen Van Khoa, Director of the Agricultural Service Cooperative of Gia Xuyen commune, told VietNamNet that the price of vegetables on the Voso e-commerce floor is very good for farmer. After the pandemic, the cooperative will zone an area for cabbage planting that meets safety standards for sale on e-commerce floors.
Mr. Tran Van Phu, Deputy Director of E-Commerce of Viettel Post Hai Duong branch, told VietNamNet that on the second day of the campaign, Viettel Post transported about 5 tons of vegetables and more than 20,000 eggs from Hai Duong to provide for customers.
The transport of agricultural products is planned in detail. In the early morning, Viettel Post's trucks come to collect agricultural products from farmers.
Vehicles for agricultural products are regularly disinfected to ensure hygiene and safety.
Agricultural products will then be gathered at the shipping center of Viettel Post Hai Duong and carried to Hanoi and neighboring provinces. Upon arrival, agricultural products will be delivered to MyGo post offices for delivery to consumers.
“The goods and agricultural products are packed and preserved in accordance with regulations,” Phu said.
According to Mr. Phu, all agricultural products offered on Voso.vn are carefully selected, which have clear origins and certified to meet OCOP and VietGAP standards.
There is a traceability stamp on each product. Users only need to use a smartphone with QR Code scanning to know where the product is sourced, and what certification it has obtained.
Users can check the origin of products through QR codes stamped on agricultural products. Photo: Trong Dat
The time from when agricultural products is harvested to reach the hands of consumers only takes 4-6 hours. This ensures the freshness of the product when it reaches the user.
Mrs. Vu Thi Hue (Gia Xuyen commune, Gia Loc district) said she was excited when her products found new market via e-commerce. Photo: Trong Dat
Farmers harvest cabbage to sell to Viettel Post. Photo: Trong Dat
Mr. Nguyen Van Khoa, Director of the Agricultural Service Cooperative of Gia Xuyen commune, told VietNamNet that the price of vegetables on the Voso e-commerce floor is very good for farmer. Photo: Trong Dat
Vehicles for agricultural products are regularly disinfected to ensure hygiene and safety. Photo: Trong Dat
Thanh Ha Guava is packed into cardboard boxes before being handed over to the e-commerce floor. Photo: Trong Dat
Voso.vn employees check goods after receiving them from farmers. Photo: Trong Dat
Agricultural products are transported to Hanoi and other localities for consumption. Photo: Trong Dat
Hai Duong’s first farm produce, including cabbage and chicken eggs, are being sold on voso.vn, an e-commerce website, while an online stall distributing Hai Duong’s produce has been set up.
E-commerce platforms are effective tools that can help farmers reduce losses when there is an oversupply of produce and sales are slow.