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I like the concept of cheap, efficient food driers. It makes food last longer giving more time to deliver to markets. New and more profitable markets can therefore be developed with good product packaging and market channels developed. Also see good potential in providing dried fruit products to drink and ice cream makers. Thanks Juan.

While I support the use of technology to build some solutions, I am very wary of focusing on tech in situations where it may  not be effective. In rural Vietnam, while people generally have reasonable access to Smartphones, they almost entirely rely on 1 to 1 practical demonstration to learn things. These are not people who have access, or knowhow to effectively use the internet for learning and are not motivated to do so.
That is why our project to diversify farmers crops & land use proposes establishing local demonstration farms where practical training in all establishment, operational management can be done so farmers return to their farms knowledgeable and ready to participate.
Also,, in most cases, individual farmers are not prepared to operate on a scale to  determine their own markets. There is still a great need for middlemen to develop markets, operate the collective marketing areas need to become effective. This should be separated from the limited government assistance which only covers certain crops like rice, coffee etc, and is always based on a government subsidy price related on often excess product storage and therefore lower international prices. Farmers previously locked into such a system need to  diversify into much more valuable crops that have a high local demand. Greater farm productivity, reduced delivery logistics to market, and very marketable organic produce sets a far greater revenue return to farmers than before.

I am interested in meeting microfinance operations in Asia keen to progress to the feasibility of

1) arranging sponsorship and finance to build the educational / sample farms in MuiNe here in Vietnam, and
2) in providing microfinance packages for the proposed agro units.
I feel that, whatever the farmer interest, a limitation is that farmers have few finance options available from bank or government sources and may like the idea but not be able to implement.
With a microfinance package included we can solve that problem to start with.
My basic finance concept is that, the farmer who owns the land, agrees to allow the diversified land use with the establishment costs covered by the microfinance arrangement. It takes about 6 months for units to become productive. During that time the farmer is trained initially on the sample farms, then on his own land with the help of our advisory team. Once produce starts to become available our distribution and marketing operation kicks in handling the sales side. Farmers get a guaranteed return of around 2-3 times what they were getting previously with further profits split with my management operation and to repay the microfinance debt. It is thought that the farm operation can revert to farmer ownership at a medium term future point though we hope they would still remain within the marketing operation long term.
Ideally multiple farmers in an area will group together in a co-operative venture at a scale that is viable to service restaurants and retailers in the local area. My basic finance concept is that, the farmer who owns the land, agrees to allow the diversified land use with the establishment costs covered by the microfinance arrangement. It takes about 6 months for units to become productive. During that time the farmer is trained initially on the sample farms, then on his own land with the help of our advisory team. Once produce starts to become available our distribution and marketing operation kicks in handling the sales side. Farmers get a guaranteed return of around 2-3 times what they were getting previously with further profits split with my management operation and to repay the microfinance debt. It is thought that the farm operation can revert to farmer ownership at a medium term future point though we hope they would still remain within the marketing operation long term.
Ideally multiple farmers in an area will group together in a co-operative venture at a scale that is viable to service restaurants and retailers in the local area.