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Vietnam’s Central Highlands farmer exports vegetables to South Korea

To Quang Dung, a farmer from Da Lat City in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong, embarked on a journey to farms in Thailand and Malaysia to gain expertise in agriculture, ultimately achieving the export of agricultural products to South Korea.

Armed with years of acquired techniques, technology, and experience, 44-year-old Dung has successfully cultivated and exported hundreds of metric tons of hydroponic lettuce to South  Korea from Vietnam. 

He is now the proud owner of Truong Phuc Farm in Da Sar Commune of Lam Dong’s Lac Duong District.

The encounter between Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper’s reporter and Dung took place amidst the bustling atmosphere of his farm, where the harvest, packaging, and labeling of hydroponic lettuce batches for export to South Korea were in full swing. 

Straight rows of vibrant hydroponic lettuce stretched as far as the eye could see, accompanied by the soothing sound of water flowing through the garden’s extensive network of pipes.

“I initially pursued milling, turning, and planing at the Lam Dong College of Economics and Technology,” Dung said. 

“However, after graduation, job opportunities were scarce, leading me back to agriculture in my hometown. 

“It was during this period that high technology was just beginning to gain ground in Da Lat.”

Workers harvest hydroponic lettuce on To Quang Dung’s farm in Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: T.L. / Tuoi Tre

Workers harvest hydroponic lettuce on To Quang Dung’s farm in Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: T.L. / Tuoi Tre

Recalling his early days as a farmer back in 2014, Dung candidly admitted to the influx of challenges he faced. 

Determined to overcome these hurdles, he embarked on a quest to gain insights from successful agricultural models in Thailand and Malaysia, which had already established themselves as pioneers in high-tech agricultural practices, outshining those of Vietnam. 

At that time, these countries managed to capture the markets of Japan and South Korea.

“Upon my return

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