On January 6, 2020, in Long Xuyen City, An Giang, Sao Mai Group organized a review of the development of the agricultural and fishery raw material area in 2019. Representatives of Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnam Pangasius Association and nearly 200 farmers who are farmers (pangasius) and cassava farmers in an integrated model in An Giang - Dong Thap - Can Tho - Kien Giang provinces attended.
Mr. Khuu Duc Hung - Fish farmer in Long Xuyen, Although the price of Pangasius is low, the households participating in the farming model associated with Sao Mai still have stable profits.
During the year, despite the sharp decline in Pangasius prices compared to 2018, the output of the associated farming area of about 350 hectares still reached more than 10,000 tons of fish per month, ensuring a stable supply of raw materials for 3 processing plants. Seafood export of IDI Company (member of Sao Mai Group) operates stably. 12 years of maintenance and increasingly affirming the appropriate direction, the model of association with farmers has helped the Company fully take initiative in raw materials to flexibly implement the strategy of expanding markets and improving production capacity increasing competitiveness in the world paganasius market. For many consecutive years, IDI has maintained the leading position in Vietnam's largest seafood processing and exporting enterprises, contributing positively to the country's pangasius industry.
Different from 2018, the price of commercial pangasius is currently ranging from VND 17,000 to VND 18,000 / kg, making a series of farmers in Mekong Delta find businesses to sell, especially members associated with Sao Mai are still "healthy". when purchased by the Group under a contract for VND 25,000 / kg. Leaders of Sao Mai Group shared: “The Group has spent VND 600-700 billion to compensate for the losses when fish prices are falling freely. Sao Mai accepted to suffer to keep the reputation in the business once committed to underwriting commercial fish for farmers ”. This practical work has contributed to stabilizing the farming of pangasius in the area, and also proves the saying "Those who raise fish for IDI and lose money, I have to pay out of pocket" by the head of Sao Mai.
Mr. Chao Soc Khon - Member of the cassava farming association model with gratitude to the enterprise
Similarly, in 2018, Sao Mai spent more than half a billion dong to finance capital, seeds, and transfer farming methods to 17 Khmer households participating in the cassava (KM140) trial model in Tinh Bien - An Giang. In the first crop, cassava was in good harvest with an average yield of 35 tons / ha and Sao Mai Group purchased.
In the first crop, the cassava crop gave a bumper harvest with an average yield of 35 tons / ha and Sao Mai Group implemented off-take. The initial successful results are an important foundation for KM140 - 2019 crop year to rapidly multiply to 100 hectares of more than 80 households. In early February of this year, farmers will enter the mass harvest and forecast productivity will reach 40 tons / ha or more, Sao Mai continues underwriting higher than market prices.
Mr. Duong Nghia Quoc - Chairman of Vietnam Pangasius Association highly appreciated the cooperative farming model of Sao Mai Group
According to the plan, the KM140 area will be strongly developed by the Group about 5,000 hectares stretching through 2 districts of Tinh Bien and Tri Ton of Bay Nui region. Meanwhile, cassava production will ensure 100% supply of raw materials for the Aquatic Feed Processing Plant (Sao Mai Super Feed) is being upgraded capacity from 375,000 tons / year (currently) to 500,000 tons / year (2020 - 2022).
Delegates attending the conference
It is still topical in the middle of 2019 Sao Mai Group has successfully generated a commercial electricity solar power plant in Tinh Bien district. Sao Mai Solar PV1 in phase I has a capacity of 104 MW, on an area of 130 hectares, with an investment of nearly VND 3,000 billion. Currently, besides the engineers and technicians who are professionally trained from Japan, there are many Khmer ethnic workers working in the factory with an income of 200,000 - 300,000 VND / day / person.
Mr. Le Thanh Thuan - General Director of Sao Mai Group affirmed, "Whoever raises fish for IDI, grows cassava for Sao Mai Super Feed and losses, I have to pay out of pocket"
Phase 2 of the project with an investment of more than 3,000 billion VND, a capacity of 106MW, on an area of 145 hectares will be promoted by Sao Mai in the next 2 years. As planned, the solar battery field will become a special tourism model in combination with the development of clean agriculture under the battery layer. Sao Mai Solar in addition to providing electricity for daily life and production, reducing the CO2 emission effect, ensuring clean energy for the country and making an important contribution to political stability, Western border economic development Male.
One year looking back on the development of agro-fishery raw material areas and identifying clear changes in the countryside, where Sao Mai invests can only see the "tolerance" of this Group for the farmers of Dat Chin Dragon at the difficult time of catfish farming. And also Sao Mai has devised a new direction for cassava in the arid land of Tinh Bien, to save the Seven Mountain ethnic community.
The "speech" results in the area, the output of finished products can be measured and measured, and the stability of life from material to mental of thousands of poor households have changed their lives, it can not be simple. by measurement. All have been evaluated objectively through stories that are equally interesting. On the bright faces of farming - planting households affiliated with Sao Mai right at this Conference, showing the satisfaction of the handshake between them and their partners. Farmers - they themselves have shared with journalists the suggestion to engrave and remind about the beautiful culture in the behavior of the Big Group.
Leaders of Sao Mai Group took souvenir photos with Pangasius farmers and Wheat growers at the Conference
Through these vivid examples, it is expected that many businesses like Sao Mai can be used as a refuge for fish farmers, cassava growers or other agricultural products, in localities so that they can be assured to produce. This is also a practical way to catalyze the persuasion of the Government's big policy on new rural construction, which Sao Mai's "model for linking the development of material areas" is a typical example.