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Value Chain Study for Sea Grass in Thanh Hoa Province, Viet Nam

Date : 2010-12-06 12:21:39

DescriptionThe sea grass growing and sea grass mat weaving profession started over 150 years ago. With favorable climate conditions, seagrass has been cultivated widely along Vietnamese coastal provinces. Thanh Hoa province is among the top producing areas of the country, with a total cultivated area of around 5,000 ha and production amounting to 50-60 thousand tons per year. Moreover, sea grass in Nga Son district in Thanh Hoa province is generally regarded to be of superior quality. The joint programme aims to generate higher benefits for farmers by increasing sea grass productivity through application of proper plantation practice and pest control. Better pre-processing techniques (splitting and drying sea grass after harvest) also improve sea grass strands and yarn quality and sustain a consistent quality, which finally can increase income of farmers and supply better quality material for handicraft producers. Better quality material, in turn, will help producers to make better quality final products which, combined with attractive new sustainable product designs, will ultimately lead to higher income of stakeholders in the value chain. This value chain study is prepared by the International Trade Centre (ITC) within the context of the joint programme entitled ‘Green Production and Trade to Increase Income and Employment Opportunities for the Rural Poor’.

Name of InstitutionValue Chain Study for Sea Grass in Thanh Hoa Province, Viet Nam

Author(s) NameKristen Patin

Added/Updated byKristen Patin

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