Although she was very tired from going all day to inspect the farm in the suburbs, she still took time to receive us, because “talking about livestock and helping the poor, I don’t mind how tired I am”.
In her story, the image of a business owner who dares to think, dare to do, pioneers in innovating livestock husbandry, applies science and technology to improve product quality to serve consumers, appears realistically. , clear. That is businesswoman, Labor Hero Pham Thi Huan (Ba Huan), President and General Director of Ba Huan Joint Stock Company (referred to as Ba Huan Company).
Struggling with agriculture, farmers
For many years now, Ba Huan regularly wakes up at 4 o’clock. Her work starts at 7 o’clock with a tight schedule and usually ends after 20 o’clock. So much time working, she not only for the company but also for seminars, conferences, sharing experiences related to agriculture and livestock, helping the government and farmers in economic development. At forums, she always candidly recommends and proposes solutions to enhance the brand name of Vietnamese agricultural products and improve the quality of workers’ lives.
In the talk show “Vietnamese agricultural product consumption channel: Drawing a map of Vietnamese agricultural products, what colors are needed?”, businesswoman Ba Huan said that in order to have a sustainable supply chain and diversified distribution channels, The State needs to do two things: Send out many “conductors” to guide farmers to choose suitable crops and livestock with high profits and specialize in each stage from production to distribution.
From the fact that the chorus “has the season to fall”, “plant and then cut”, “raise and then sell, sell off”, with more than 50 years of experience in sticking with chickens, eggs, and farmers, Mrs. Ba Huan has “digested his guts” to analyze, explain, and recommend for the development of the agricultural industry, to overcome the situation of having to be “rescued” in farming and animal husbandry, to help farmers reduce suffering.
“Farmers have a sun and two dew, whenever they see someone doing something beneficial, they learn from it, so massive farming and planting is inevitable. Therefore, the State, which is directly the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, must closely orient and calculate for farmers. For businesses that need to specialize, it is not possible to embrace both production, breeding, and product distribution. Thus, it will be easy to break their production chain,” said Ms. Ba Huan. Her opinions were absorbed by the leaders of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, and directed the authorities to adjust the management and administration regulations.
Coming from a farmer’s family, at the age of 12, Pham Thi Huan traveled with her mother to sell chicken and duck eggs. At the age of 16, she was handed over by her mother to carry eggs and started a business with the motto “Prestige comes first”. For more than 50 years in business, she has experienced many hardships and bitterness. Ms. Ba Huan said that in 2003, the H5N1 avian flu pandemic caused many livestock households to suddenly go bankrupt, and the barns were empty everywhere.
Many food production enterprises lost the source of raw materials; Many traders and distributors convert production and business. However, she is still determined to hold on because it is the traditional profession of her family and because she does not want to abandon the farmer in the most difficult time. “From that time, I told myself that I would always accompany the farmers and the poor,” said Mrs. Ba Huan.
For nearly 20 years, Ba Huan Company has always been one of the active members of the Market Stabilization Program in Ho Chi Minh City and the Southern provinces. Products of Ba Huan Company always keep their prices even when food is scarce. During the outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic, the female President and General Director of Ba Huan Company repeatedly refused to raise the price of eggs, with a simple but humane thought: “Having worked in agriculture for many years, I understand the importance of eggs. hardships of farmers and workers. During the difficult time of the epidemic, the poles could not increase the selling price. How many people spend money to support the poor with food and medicine. If I have eggs, I can support people with cheaper eggs.”
So, while many businesses and traders… took advantage of the epidemic to push up the prices of many essential products, making people’s lives, especially poor workers and workers more miserable, Ba Huan Enterprises. resolutely keep prices stable in the whole system; 50% discount on tens of millions of eggs for the union system, product supply and 20-30% discount for isolated areas…
Pioneering innovation, digital transformation of the agricultural industry
Pham Thi Huan’s business career experienced many ups and downs. It is the difficulties and the determination to not back down that have helped her become a famous, successful businessman, a pioneer in innovation and application of technology in production and business. Ba Huan brand has become familiar, affirming its prestige with consumers not only in the country but also in the international market. Determined to innovate and apply technology of Ba Huan enterprise starting from a failure.
Ms. Ba Huan confided: “In 2003, before the H5N1 bird flu crisis, consumers turned away from chicken and duck eggs. Ba Huan Company also lost VND 6 billion due to having to destroy a large number of newly imported eggs. Feeling sorry for the suffering of farmers, I was determined to work with poultry farmers to overcome difficulties and hardships. I told myself: Even if I have to sell all my assets, I still have to own the world’s leading clean egg handling technologies, which cannot be fragmented and manual.”
So she started her journey to Australia, then Shanghai (China) and stopped at MOBA Group (Netherlands). Here, she negotiated and was transferred technology, automation equipment, handling eggs clean to 99.9% according to international standards with a capacity of 65,000 eggs/hour. This is a mark in the journey of industrialization of the poultry industry, creating a high-tech standard from farm to table, ensuring harmony between the interests of farmers, businesses and consumers. Three years later, due to growing demand, Ba Huan enterprise purchased a second egg handling equipment system, with a capacity of 120,000 eggs/hour, to meet the needs of consumers.
In recent years, in order to create a stable source of raw materials and form a chain of food safety and hygiene, Ba Huan Company continues to invest in technology, building a system including: Chicken raising farm for eggs. 18ha, total herd of over 1 million heads in Binh Duong; a 34-hectare chicken farm with a total flock of over 5 million heads in Long An; animal feed factory in Binh Duong with a capacity of 20 tons/hour; two poultry egg processing plants with a total capacity of more than 300,000 eggs/hour in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi; Food processing factory in Long An with capacity of 50 tons/day…
Especially, at the end of September 2022, Ba Huan Company and FPT Corporation officially cooperated in comprehensive digital transformation with the goal of turning Ba Huan Company into a high-tech and sustainable agricultural company, thereby creating set a standard for digital transformation for the agricultural industry, bringing a prosperous life to farmers. FPT advises and helps Ba Huan Company to choose suitable digital solutions for all areas of operation, including livestock, production, and supply; building products, digitizing products; automated production management; resource management; Build database…
This system helps the company manage the livestock production from the hatchery, feed factory, egg farming and harvesting farm to the processed feed factory and product distribution management. . Talking about this event, Ms. Pham Thi Huan shared: “Since 2018 until now, the company has developed products associated with consumers’ health. These new products add Omega 3, DHA, vitamin E ingredients, provide instant fresh eggs…
However, the cooperation with FPT Corporation will help Ba Huan Company complete digital transformation, streamline the operating system, and help the leadership team more closely in corporate governance. All are towards the goal for the benefit of consumers, sharing the best, the most with farmers and the community with quality and sustainable practices.
Appreciating Ms. Pham Thi Huan’s approach, direction and enthusiasm for agriculture and farmers, Mr. Thao Xuan Sung, President of the Vietnam Farmers’ Association emphasized: “In order for the activities to comply with safety standards, Food hygiene of production and livestock chains, over the years, Ba Huan Company has actively approached science and technology, trained industrial workers. The entire chain of the company has achieved and received high technology certification. I think that you must have a complete love for the country’s agricultural industry, put the interests of farmers and consumers first, to be able to do like Ba Huan.”
Work is fun, charity is happiness
Not only famous for being the head of a successful business, Ms. Ba Huan is also known, respected and loved by many people because of the businesswoman’s heart for society and the locality, especially for farmers. people, workers and other difficult situations. In addition to putting the interests of consumers first, determined to join hands to stabilize the market, reduce product prices for millions of consumers, especially during difficult times and epidemics, she also shines by her kindness. dealing with poor and unfortunate circumstances in life.
Although her work is very busy, Ms. Ba Huan always arranges time to visit and give gifts to orphanages, nursing homes, care centers for people with meritorious services; supporting eye surgery programs for the poor, free cleft lip and cleft palate surgery for children with disabilities. Ba Huan Company also regularly supports Ho Chi Minh City Sponsoring Association of People with Disabilities and Orphans and the programs: “Common heart”; “Loving connected”; “Support the returnees”…
Ba Huan has been an active member of the program “Dream House” of Ho Chi Minh City Television for decades, helping poor farmers with initial capital to start a business. Or the program “Building a house of love” of Long An province; “Tet do good things” of the Ho Chi Minh City Farmers’ Association; “Spring of love” of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee of Binh Chanh district, district 6… Mr. Dang Huu Nghia, 66 years old, living in District 6 (Ho Chi Minh City) shared: “My family has received gifts many times. of Ba Huan Company. From the value of the gift to the way it is given, all are considerate and thoughtful, showing the affection and sincerity of Mrs. Ba Huan to the poor.”
Talking about her desire to do charity, businessman, Labor Hero Pham Thi Huan shared: “Coming to the poor, I feel at peace. That is my joy, my happiness. The meaningful work I do is a way of gratitude to the farmers who have contributed and contributed to the Ba Huan brand today. Therefore, I still have the strength to do it. Charity in general and charity in particular will never stop at me and Ba Huan Company.”