Mekong Organics and Tan Dat Cooperative signed MoU to support the development and trade of organic rice (internationally) since 20 Jan 2021.
About Mekong Organics
Mekong Organics PTY LTD, a registered company (social enterprise) under the
Corporation ACT 2001 and is taken to be registered in ACT, with principal office
at 35 Victor Chang Street, Macgregor, Canberra ACT, Australia, hereinafter
referred to as “Mekong Organics”. The Australian Company Number is
632786184 which was registered on the eighth day of April 2019 with the Australia IP Certified Trade Mark Number 2122451 approved on 4 May 2021.
The mission of Mekong Organics is to link organic agriculture, nutrition and health for improving well being of people in the Mekong region by translating science into policies and practices; linking people to people between Australia and Southeast Asian countries
in promoting organic agriculture and sustainable development in the Asia Pacific
About Tan Dat Cooperative
Tan Dat organic rice production and agricultural services cooperative locates
at 93, Kinh hamlet, Trung Ngai commune, Vung Liem district, Vinh Long province.
From the public healthcare background, Mr Doan Van Tai (CEO of the cooperative)
has recognized the negative impacts of synthetic chemicals on human health,
especially the food we eat from agriculture. He has switched from working for the
healthcare system to becoming a farmer applying sustainably growing methods in
agriculture. In 2011, Mr Tai transferred from conventional to organic rice farming
with 6.5 ha of his own land. His initiative grew steadily. Since 2017, he has
established Tan Dat organic rice production and agricultural services cooperative
with a strong focus on producing organic rice, rice-based products, and supplying
agricultural services such as seeding, transplanting, cleaning and sorting. There are
65 members in the cooperative, all of them are the local people in the village. The
total growing area is 62 ha in 2020. The organically grown area is 50 ha. The buffer
zone is 12 ha. In the coming years, Tan Dat organic rice production and agricultural
services cooperative aims to collaborate with other four cooperatives in the district
to expand the growing area up to 2,290 ha and get the organic certification for 270
ha until 2023.
In order to implement these complementary objectives, Mekong Organics PTY LTD and Tan Dat organic rice production and agricultural services cooperative shall:
- Collaborate in undertaking programs, projects, training, conferences, workshops and
other related activities whenever and wherever feasible opportunities present themselves.
- Exchange scientific materials, publications, information, and expertise in promoting
organic farming, certification and marketing.
- Execute separate agreements in writing for any undertaking jointly implemented, wherein
a sharing of responsibilities shall be specified.