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Sustainability

Black Pepper

Charter Principles 2015 key facts
1. Finance
  • Vietnam law prevents micro-finance from private companies
2. Improved yield       
  • 10 training models conducted in the field and classroom by industry experts
3. Labour practices
  • All farmers received training on good labour practices
  • Provided protective clothing (masks, gloves, rubber boots and raincoats) to be worn when spraying pesticides
4. Market access
  • 475 tonnes purchased from 162 hectares
5. Quality
  • US$0.1 million paid to farmers in certification and quality premiums
6. Traceability
  • 100% of tonnage is traceable and certified by Rainforest Alliance
7. Social and infrastructure investment
  • Waste disposal pits dug at each pepper farm to avoid open air burning
  • Provided computer sets and installed water purifiers for the local schools

 

8. Environmental impact
  • Promoted Integrated Pest Management practices, including:
    – bio-insecticides such as Trichoderma, Chaetomium cupreum, Metarhizium anisipolieae, beauveria bassiana, and Isaria sp fungi
    – herbicide-free weed control, by providing 14 greater cane rats
    (also known as grasscutters) to 5 farmer groups
  • Average of US$1,800 per hectare per year saved by farmers by reducing the amount of pesticides and herbicides used
  • Training on wildlife protection, water resource conservation and protection, soil management and conservation.
  • Used living trees as supports for the pepper vines, instead of concrete or wooden posts. These provide natural shade for the pepper, contributes to soil fertility when they drop their leaves, and create humus that helps preserve soil moisture.

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