Nourish Talents – East-West Seed Vietnam Provides Notebook To Farmer’s Children – Simon N. Groot Scholarship

East-West Seed (Hai Mũi Tên Đỏ)

Joining the excitement with students in Vietnam, East-West Seed (Hai Mũi Tên Đỏ) Company wishes help farmers’ children in rural areas all over the country who overcome difficulties to study well by providing new notebooks on the starting date of school year 2019 – 2020.

At East-West Seed, learning and innovation is one of our core values to emphasize the commitment of serving farmers and create opportunities for developing young talents to become the next generation of agricultural leadership.

Therefore in 2017, on the 35th anniversary of East-West Seed, they initiated the Simon N. Groot Scholarship Fund to support the children of Vietnamese farmers which continues today.

This helps the company reaffirm the value of serving farmers and building a young team to inherit Vietnam’s agriculture through activities such as organizing career talks at 3 agriculture universities Can Tho, Vietnam National University of Agriculture, University of Agriculture and Forestry, a job fair held at Vietnam National University of Agriculture in Hanoi and Southern College in Mekong Delta, opening up opportunities for internships at East-West Seed, organized field visits to learn the cultivation practices on the field with tropical vegetable crops for students, supported an elementary school in Tra Vinh, Soc Trang Province to renovate the school and replace facilities for classrooms.

This year, a part of the Simon N. Groot Scholarship is used for providing notebooks to nearly 2,200 children of farmers who overcome difficulties and studying well all over the country in more than 22 provinces and cities including Hoa Binh, Bac Giang, Thai Binh, Hai Duong, Vinh Phuc, Thanh Hoa, Ninh Binh, Nghe An, Lam Dong, Hue, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Gia Lai, Khanh Hoa, Dak Nong, Binh Duong, Dong Nai, Tay Ninh, Tra Vinh, Soc Trang, Tien Giang, Dong Thap and An Giang on the starting day of the new school year 2019-2020 ceremony.

The company thereby wants to send the message of caring for students. Every day going to school is a joy, a time to nurture the talented seedlings of their dream coming true, creating more value for this society.

Mr. Michel, the vice president of East-West Seed visited and presented notebooks to students at Du Sang Secondary School in Hoa Binh Province. He said, “We come from East-West Seed (Hai Mũi Tên Đỏ), the company producing and distributing vegetable seed. They are the familiar vegetables you eat every day in your family’s meals. We come here to give you lovely gifts with many cute vegetable characters. Nutrition from vegetables will help you strong and intelligent. We wish you all good studies, always happy and healthy”.

“Life is to share and be shared. That is the goal of the Vietnamese people in general and your company in particular. We are extremely grateful for your contribution that has supported and encouraged us on every step of the way. Your support has provided our team and all students with an invaluable source of encouragement, which is the motivation for continuous development. We are always looking forward to connecting more hands to share and do more wonderful things in the future.” Mr. Kim Sa Ry, Principal of Vinh Hai Elementary School 3 said in his thank you to EWS.

An EWS staff who joined this activity, Mr. Nguyen Van Nhiem, company staff said: “Attending the starting date of school year ceremony, there was a section of giving notebooks for studious and disadvantaged students by East-West Seed Co., Ltd. awarded to children who are studying at schools in remote mountainous areas very rarely receive gifts from businesses, children were so eager today when seeing many gifts which were placed on the stage. The children received a very nice gift and said, ‘thank you, teacher’. Thanks to the Simon N. Groot scholarship, I am a teacher today.”

Ms. Ngoc, another staff shared her thoughts, “It has been so many years until I had chance of saluting the flag and singing the anthem with students of remote mountainous school on Tam Dao region on the starting date of the school year. This made me feel strong emotions and eager to think about the moments these pupils would receive cute notebooks from EWS. They are small gifts; however, they would be a huge encouragement for children to nourish their talents”.   

EWS hope that with this small gift as a gesture of love sent by the company to the students on the first day of the school year, EWSwish you all to start the new school year with joy and bright smiles, good study, and later become talented people for our Vietnamese homeland more developed in the future.

East-West Seed is a Dutch company founded in 1982 with the goal of serving farmers by applying and developing scientific and technological research and modern vegetable seed production techniques of the West into tropical Asian conditions.

The company’s headquarters are in Thailand, with subsidiaries in 9 countries and joint ventures in 2 countries with 15 Research Centers in 7 countries. East-West Seed products are available in more than 60 countries. With more than 5,000 employees and nearly 40 years of experience in operation and development in Asia, the market leader in vegetable seeds in Asia, EWS has contributed to changing the structure of vegetable varieties in Asia including Vietnam.

On 10 June, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President of the World Food Prize Foundation Kenneth M. Quinn announced Simon N. Groot as the 2019 World Food Prize Laureate. Mr. Groot has played a transformative role in improving the health and economic opportunities of small farmer communities in more than 60 tropical countries by helping them move from subsistence farming to horticultural entrepreneurship.

In Vietnam, East-West Seed has been present since 1997 and is one of the first companies to develop F1 hybrid vegetable varieties that have transformed the vegetable variety structure and increased income for Vietnamese farmers. Currently, East-West Seed (Hai Mui Ten Do) supplies nearly 100 different vegetable varieties in the Vietnamese market. Many good varieties such as Kim Hoang Hau Melon, Suprema & Arjuna Pumpkin, Violet waxy corn 926, Violet sweet corn 099, cucumber Hunter 1.0, cucumber HMT356, bitter gourd HMT128, Sinta và Carinosa Papaya have helped many farmers increase their incomes.