Updated: Aug 28
Organic asparagus cultivation in Lam Dong province has gained significant attention and popularity among farmers and consumers alike. With a focus on sustainable farming practices and the production of high-quality, chemical-free asparagus, organic cultivation methods offer numerous benefits for both the environment and human health.
Lam Dong Province boasts a mild climate, characterized by cool temperatures and abundant rainfall, creating optimal conditions for asparagus cultivation. The region's mountainous terrain and fertile volcanic soils provide excellent drainage and nutrient-rich foundations for asparagus plants to thrive. These favorable natural factors contribute to the cultivation of asparagus of exceptional quality and flavor.
Risking destroying asparagus coffee, collecting 400 kg per day, and selling to traders 60,000 VND/kg.
About 2 years ago, the family's coffee garden entered the old and inefficient stage, so Mr. Nguyen Van Doa's family in Nam Ha commune (Lam Ha district, Lam Dong) planned to convert plants. When he returned to Don Duong district, Duc Trong (Lam Dong), saw that people growing asparagus brought high economic efficiency, so he learned and decided to invest.
After mastering the care techniques, taking the initiative in capital and finding the market, Mr. Doa's family converted 1ha of old coffee into asparagus. He shared, growing asparagus for him is not too difficult because the plant is suitable for climate and soil. Fertilization is also done by the family according to the organic process of clean agriculture.
Growing organic cultivation process of asparagus in Lam Dong province.
The gardener said: “Watering asparagus is done through a sprinkler system. As for fertilizers, the family applies cow manure and composted agricultural by-products to the plants. In addition, biological products are also used to irrigate plants to ensure nutrition and prevent pests".
Organic asparagus in Lam Dong: prioritize soil health and fertility. Farmers adopt practices such as crop rotation, cover cropping, and the use of organic compost and manure to nourish the soil naturally. These methods enhance soil structure, promote beneficial microbial activity, and improve nutrient availability, resulting in healthier asparagus plants and higher yields over the long term.
In organic asparagus cultivation, farmers employ natural pest and disease management techniques to minimize the use of synthetic pesticides and fungicides. This includes implementing integrated pest management strategies, such as the introduction of beneficial insects, crop diversification, and regular monitoring to detect and address potential pest or disease issues. By relying on biological controls and cultural practices, organic farmers ensure the health and vitality of their asparagus crops without compromising environmental safety.
Weed control in organic asparagus cultivation is primarily achieved through mechanical and cultural methods. Farmers utilize techniques like mulching, hand weeding, and precision cultivation to suppress weeds and maintain a clean growing environment. Additionally, cover cropping and proper crop spacing help to smother weed growth, reducing competition and the need for herbicides.
Succeeding in the initial 1ha of garden, Mr. Doa's family is expanding the area, converting the remaining 2ha of garden to asparagus. The tree gives high efficiency, so many other households in Nam Ha commune also seek, learn and produce. “Up to now, there have been 10 households planting with an area of over 5ha. In which, 8 households have harvested with an average yield of 100 kg of bamboo shoots/ha/day,” said Mr. Doa.
The production is on a large scale and the products are of high quality, so the output for agricultural products is always guaranteed. Cooperatives in Lam Dong province is implementing the VietGAP production process and registering the traceability code to meet market demand.
Organic asparagus cultivation contributes to environmental sustainability. By avoiding the use of synthetic chemicals and minimizing soil erosion, organic farmers help protect water quality, preserve biodiversity, and promote ecological balance. Additionally, the absence of chemical residues in organic asparagus enhances food safety and reduces potential risks to human health.
Market Demand and Premium Pricing.
The demand for organic asparagus continues to grow as consumers become more conscious of the environmental and health implications of their food choices. Organic certification ensures that the asparagus has been produced in accordance with strict organic standards, providing consumers with a guarantee of its organic authenticity. As a result, organic asparagus often commands premium prices in the market, providing economic incentives for farmers to adopt organic cultivation practices.
Lam Dong Province's asparagus industry has successfully tapped into export opportunities. The high-quality asparagus produced in the region is exported to various countries, including Japan, South Korea, and Europe. This not only expands market reach but also promotes Vietnamese agriculture on the global stage, showcasing Lam Dong's capabilities in meeting international quality requirements.
Asparagus cultivation in Lam Dong Province has become a cornerstone of the region's agricultural sector. With its favorable climate, sustainable practices, and commitment to quality, Lam Dong produces premium asparagus that meets the demands of both domestic and international markets. This industry brings economic growth, community development, and culinary excellence to Lam Dong Province, solidifying its position as a key player in Vietnam's asparagus production.