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Soybean - jointly promote Nghe An agricultural strengths

Updated: Aug 25, 2023

Nghe An, a province in Vietnam, has recognized and capitalized on the strengths of soybean cultivation within its agricultural sector.

Nghe An agriculture also reaps many results in terms of crops, including soybeans.

It can be said that there are very few years where many difficulties affect agricultural production like 2022. At the beginning of the year, there was severe cold, prolonged damage, in the middle of the year, the southwest winds intensified, causing drought, the end of the year affected the circulation of typhoon No. 4, the northeast monsoon causing floods, widespread flooding and flash floods in Ky Son district, and African swine fever, etc. Besides, price discrimination, seeds, animal feed, plant protection drugs...; Especially, the sudden increase in gasoline prices has increased production and business costs of the people, especially the fishermen who go out to sea to catch fish and seafood.

Nghe An, Ha Tinh thousands of houses flooded (2022)
Nghe An, Ha Tinh thousands of houses flooded (2022)

Overcoming difficulties, the whole political system of Nghe An focused on directing and farmers in the whole province have been actively producing so the winter-spring tasks are reaping a comprehensive season. The yield of rice for the whole year and a number of industrial crops and fruit trees increased quite well, the herds of buffaloes, dairy cows and poultry continued to grow, the total herd increased over the same period last year.

Agriculture is one of the potentials and strengths of Nghe An, because the province has a large agricultural land area among the top in the country (1,249,176ha), of which there is about 13,000ha of fertile basalt land. Agricultural land is distributed in mountainous areas, midlands and coastal plains, so it is possible to identify and choose to produce valuable agricultural products. In particular, the famous soybean variety is delicious and nutritious, which has been grown for a long time by the people here, from which they have a career in making soy sauce with the proud brand of Nam Dan land.

Soybean in Nam Dan district and many challanges...

Soybean, specifically in Nam Dan district are small but firm and fragrant. However, through a long process, this bean variety gradually degraded, the yield was not high. Beans often suffer from diseases of root neck disease, leaf rollers, fruit borers, some trees have switched to unlimited reproduction... resulting in low productivity, only about 30 kg/sao, so the area planted to this bean variety gradually narrows. Many people in the area, even though they do not want to give up this bean, have to accept the switch to planting new hybrid soybean varieties such as DT12, DT84... These beans have large seeds, high yield, can be up to 80 kg/sao but low content of substance, not sweet and fragrant. So even the soy sauce-making village in the district does not buy hybrid beans. Because according to traditional soy-making families, the hybrid bean varieties that make soy sauce are often sour, not sweet, cheap, at only 15 - 17 thousand VND/liter, difficult to consume, while soy sauce is made from bean varieties; local prices are 70-80 thousand VND/liter.

Nam Dan soy sauce - Overcoming many challenges to turn from a rustic dish to a specialty of Nghe An, Vietnam.

Nam Dan soy sauce, once a humble and rustic dish, has undergone a remarkable transformation to become a distinguished specialty of Nghe An province in Vietnam. To get the jars of fragrant soy sauce is not easy. It is the process of carefully selecting the best quality ingredients for the stages of incubation, drying and soya sauce.

Every morning, Nam Dan soy sauce village in Nghe An province turns red early to cook batches of beans to prepare for the traditional soy sauce production process. The soy sauce village is usually the busiest on sunny days because sunny weather will bring better quality of soy sauce. Nam Dan soy sauce is fragrant, delicious, is a kind of sauce, chan is cooked from soybean seeds and glutinous rice or corn kernels to make mold, over time Nam Dan soy sauce has become a traditional dish - a speciality of Nghe An.

Nam Dan soy sauce - Overcoming many challenges to turn from a rustic dish to a specialty of Nghe An, Vietnam.
Nam Dan soy sauce - Overcoming many challenges to turn from a rustic dish to a specialty of Nghe An, Vietnam.
The initial success of the Nam Dan soybean seed restoration project has strengthened the connection between farmers and the traditional soy sauce village. This is a positive direction to stimulate the development of craft villages and promote agricultural production in the direction of creating local raw materials, increasing the value of income in the fields. Further, Nam Dan is contemplating being able to build a traditional soybean brand to expand consumption markets and promote products at home and abroad.

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