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Establish a Forestry Cooperative of Ha Tinh

20.07.2015 | Category: News

     A launching ceremony of Sơn Hàm Cooperative of Agro-Forestry and Environment Service (hereinafter cooperative) on 17/07/2015 in cultural house of Sơn Hàm commune, Hương Sơn district, Hà Tĩnh province was supported by More Trees Project – DDS Vietnam and Hà Tĩnh Farmer Union with delegations from local authorities at all levels and local villagers.

     The cooperative is established with main function as a representative organization of 60 tree growers groups with members from over 900 households. At the beginning, there are only 20 core members located in Sơn Hàm commune. In the future, member network are planned to be extended to other groups and communes belong to the More Trees project sites. This establishment meets the project's demand of an available unit of juridical status running activities of producing and trading. It is the demand that the previous Farm Forestry Network did not meet.

Project coordinator speech at the ceremony.

     Hương Sơn is a mountainous district of Hà Tĩnh province, where area of natural forest and forestry land is 84,417 ha occupying 76.5% total areas. Area of production forest is 40,996 ha occupying 49% area of forestry land. However, there was no organization supporting tree growers in production. Therefore, the establishment of the cooperative not only meets the actual demand of current status at locality but also get along with the government's orientation of collective economy development.
The cooperative's target is becoming an independent social-economic organization in which:
- Raise income for forestry households
- Extend their scale through various activities such as: seedling producing, providing services of harvesting, transporting, providing inputs: fertilizer, seedling, plant protection products etc.
By joining the cooperative activities, farmers are able to participate in further parts of product value chain. Therefore, more jobs are created; income is raised for members. These short-term activities are for long-term plan of tree growing.

Chairman of farmers Hà Tĩnh congratulate the cooperative's board.

     A Management Board and a Board of Directors were established from selected members who are active, acknowledged in science and technology, enterprising enough to search for market development. On the other hand, the boards should make suitable policies to guarantee members' benefits as well as to get the win-win relationship.

     With above developing strategy and supports from local authorities, the Sơn Hàm cooperative will be believably an independent social-economic organization. And in the future, it hopefully develops to be a cooperative of Hương Sơn district.

Signing of the first contract of the cooperative.

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DE DANSKE SKOVDYRKERFORENINGER (DDS) Vietnam was established in 2014 by Danish Forestry Extension (DFE) and funded by the Danish Organization Civil Society in Development (CISU) to implement the project "More Trees"

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