5 enterprises met the Chairman to present difficulties such as procedures for registration of land use rights, issues related to the business sector of petroleum industry; solving debt problems between enterprises and Tra Vinh Sugarcane Joint Stock Company. Especially, there were 2/5 enterprises learning about investment policies and they proposed the Provincial People's Committee and leaders of provincial departments and branches to continue supporting the completion of steps to expand the scale of investment; they expected that Tra Vinh province would have more favorable policies to create raw materials for businesses to operate, help farmers to develop the garden economy towards multi – tree, multi – saplings.
Mr. Huynh Huu Loi, the representative of Thanh Do Market Construction Joint Stock company (Chau Thanh district, Ben Tre province) learned and expected Tra Vinh to support the steps to change land use purposes and deploy implementing the basis of garment processing and learn about some preferential policies to invest in the construction of the market in some markets in the province. According to Mr. Huynh Huu Loi, he bought 2.5 hectares of land in pairs of highway 53 in Phuoc Hao commune, Chau Thanh district, but his demand when opening the sewing facility was 3 hectares. Therefore, he wanted the locality to support the change of land use purpose. It was expected that the facility would start and operate as soon as possible, in order to attract a part of the workers who have been laid off by My Phong Leather Shoe Co., Ltd.
Also at the meeting, Mr. Huynh Van Hoang, residing at 5/11, quarter 9, Phan Van Mang street, Ben Luc town, Ben Luc district, Long An province, reported to the Chairman that the company has invested processing factory and established Cacao Mekong Co., Ltd., located at highway 60, Tra Noc hamlet, Song Loc commune, Chau Thanh district. Mr. Huynh Van Hoang added that after the factory went into operation, the company organized a satellite system to buy cocoa fruit. Currently, the province has only about 50 hectares of cocoa, most of which are intercropped with coconut, not enough to meet the source of raw materials. Currently, the material source for the company is mainly from Long An and other neighboring provinces.
According to Mr. Huynh Van Hoang, at the present, the price of dry coconut is falling, cocoa farmers intercropping with coconut, will have income from cocoa equal to coconut. Currently, the company purchases standard cocoa with the price of VND 5,500/kg. In order for the company to operate sustainably, increase production capacity and meet export demand (because the current output is not enough to meet the demand), Mr. Huynh Van Hoang proposed the Chairman to direct the departments and branches mobilizing farmers in the province to grow cocoa intercroping with coconut. In the short term, the company will spend 0.7 ha to implement the cocoa planting model. On that basis, they gradually expand to farmers in the province (Tra Vinh now has nearly 20,000 hectares of coconut, the most districts are Cang Long, Cau Ke and Tieu Can). With the development potential of the company, the company will nurture seed cocoa trees to transfer to farmers, the company will continue to provide technical support, so that farmers have more income.
Speaking to the representatives of businesses, the Chairman responded and directed relevant departments and agencies to support enterprises to implement projects early. Particularly for Cacao Mekong Co., Ltd, the Chairman recognized and directed the concerned departments and agencies, in which the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is the owner to have a solution to support the company. The Chairman also wished that with the position of the company is very convenient as today, as well as with the manufacturing industry of Cacao Mekong Co., Ltd., after the completion of Dai Ngai bridge, highway 60 there will be more traffic, and in a row with some coastal provinces of the Mekong Delta, Cacao Mekong Co., Ltd will consider investing in a stop destination to introduce products and serve tourists.
To let Cacao Mekong Co., Ltd. operate sustainably in the province, solve 40 - 50 local laborers and hundreds of laborers buying cocoa; at the same time, farmers have more income from cocoa, the Chairman hoped Cacao Mekong Co., Ltd. will soon make a plan to develop raw materials, especially for the key areas of coconut in the province.
Written by C. Thuy