FEEDBACK ON COMMENTS OF THE PROJECT
“No. of survey sheets”
The target group is not clear enough. More clarification on how many groups in the surveysuch as number of household scale farmers, small scale farmers, big scale farmers.. etcbecause different groups have different concepts, opinion as well as, demand, requirementfor the products.The targeted population was chosen randomly, including all types: small scale, large scale,
different type of crop,… The main idea is to find out buyers’ opinions an
d the demand ingeneral. During the visit, we tried to approach as much different type of buyers as possible. Itis indeed correct that no statistical approach was used to calculate the number of interviews.A much larger study would increase the confidence level of the results. However, we dobelieve that this small study was appropriate for the current feasibility study.
“The consultant realized some reasons for this”
Your realisations are very arbitrary, not systematically obtained, for you seem to “pick” a
couple of reasons, without doing more research on what other reasons could exist.
As mentioned above, the approach is not a statistical study design, but rather an attempt totry to understand the market by having direct interviews with a reasonable number ofproducers and buyers. You can indeed state that the consultants make their owninterpretation of the findings. This interpretation is based on the results of the interviews and
the consultant’s knowledge of the agribusiness and distribution se
ctor in Vietnam.We do not think that the time and budget allowed to do much more research than what wasundertaken by our team.
“Second, in both cases of Lam Dong and Nhon Phu, Binh Dinh, they are monopoly, no
other suppliers show up yet
in the market. And they can define the price…”
It is possible from your above explanation that in Viet Tri they produce compost withoutseparation that makes the compost cheap and not attractive to the farmers, together withother reasons such little marketing and promotion. But here I think it is not really correct tosay that Lam Dong and Nhon Phu are monopolies and they can define the price as they wish.I assume that in Nhon Phu and in Lam Dong they should have other compost that competewith their products. Moreover, the price in Lam Dong and Nhon Phu depends on many otherfactors such as the competion from other alternative fertilizer or the need to have at least abreak-even result of the business. If they set a high price, customers might shift to use otheralternative products.
We cannot say that the farmers find the compost from Viet Tri not attractive because sosource separation was done. Buyers do not know how the compost is made. Furthermore,
Thuy Phuong also doesn’t separate at source.
In reality, there is no direct competition at the moment in Lam Dong and Nhon Phu. But it isindeed not the only reason that determines the price.Just for more information:-
In Lam Dong, they set the price in comparison with other manure fertilizer, such asgoat and chicken manure, which bring quite the same quality as their product. They