Ho Chi Minh City will host Vietnam’s first organic vegetable trading session tomorrow [11 October].

Sixteen vegetable grower groups and firms, together with six equipment suppliers, will come together in the southern city for trading purposes.

The city aims to host three or four of these trading sessions each year in order to meet local demand.

Out of the 10,000 hectares of vegetables grown in Ho Chi Minh City, only 90 hectares are used to grow organic vegetables. The city’s Agriculture Promotion Centre has revealed that following many recent food poisoning cases, demand for organic food has grown substantially. Demand for organic vegetables has reached 1,000 tons a day, but farmers are only producing 25 tons per day.