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Transition to Organic Tea Production in the Thai Nguyen Province, Vietnam: Economic and Environmental Impacts

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  • Nghia Dai Tran

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This study from Vietnam shows that a switch from conventional to organic tea productions would bring real environmental, health and economic benefits for the country's farmers and its society as a whole. In particular, the amount of agrochemical residue and waste produced by tea production would be reduced. Farmers would also be able to enjoy a better livelihood as they could command a premium price for their organic tea products. The study therefore recommends that organic tea production is the best method for farmers to adopt. The study finds that there are a number of technical and economic challenges that confront farmers making the switch to organic production. It therefore highlights the fact that clean tea production (which has a less strict environmental management regime) can offer an interim approach that still brings higher quality standards and profitability for tea growers. There are a number of ways in which the government can promote clean tea and organic tea production. Support from governmental agencies and NGOs in the form of technical training and on-farm monitoring is vital. The government can also create a market mechanism to guarantee a premium price for organic tea products.

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  • Nghia Dai Tran, 2009. "Transition to Organic Tea Production in the Thai Nguyen Province, Vietnam: Economic and Environmental Impacts," EEPSEA Research Report rr2009062, Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA), revised Jun 2009.
  • Handle: RePEc:eep:report:rr2009062
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