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First Japan-funded farmers’ store opens in VietnamA farmers’ store at the Binh An Road Side Station was inaugurated in the central province of Quang Nam on January 31.

The inauguration ceremony was hosted by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Quang Nam provincial People’s Committee.

The event is part of a project to develop local economies with the participation of farmers based on a model applied in Japan’s Minhamiboso city, and is the first of its kind in Vietnam.

On display in the store were 50 VietGAP products from different areas of the central Quang Nam province and some specialties from Japan.

The Binh An Road Side Station was built in Binh An commune was funded by JICA under the authorisation of Minhamiboso city. It encompasses a chain of restaurants and is expected to welcome around 2,000 visitors per day. The station is a place which provides information to visitors, supports the development of the local economy and doubles as a shelter from natural calamities.

JICA also financed the plantation of new vegetable lines in Binh Trieu and Binh Sa communes, Thang Binh district.

Mayor of Minhamiboso city Ishii Yutaka said that putting the store into operation has demonstrated closer cooperation between Quang Nam province and Minhamiboso city. The store has also ensured the equalisation of benefits for farmers and businesses by seeking outlets for farm produce, especially high quality products.


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