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VN: Ho Chi Minh City embraces farmer-run safe produce market

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Tuoi Tre News: A farmer direct market organized in Ho Chi Minh City is providing consumers with more reliable access to safe food.

Nguyen Thi Loan recently took part in a market session along with her three neighbors, offering for sale their 30-kilogram carload of Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS)-certified produce.

A locally focused quality assurance system, the PGS certify producers based on the active participation of stakeholders and are built on a foundation of trust, social networking and knowledge exchange.

To join the systems, farmers are required to work in teams, with team leaders cross-checking one another’s products and coordinators carrying out regular quality inspections before granting certificates.

It took Loan one year to prepare her soil and water before switching from conventionally grown greens to organic ones.

Read the full article at the Tuoi Tre News website