CAN THO (VNS)— The Mekong Delta has additional 20,000 hectares of specialty fruit trees than they did three years ago, according to the Southern Horticultural Research Institute.
Areas under speciality fruit trees in the provinces of Tien Giang, Ben Tre, Dong Thap, Vinh Long, Hau Giang and Can Tho have increased to 83,000ha, accounting for 29 per cent of the total fruit tree area.
The increase indicates the growing demand for safe, high-quality fruit, which is now being produced on a large scale to meet demand and improve export competitiveness. — VNS
Foreign fruits, available everywhere from sidewalk stalls to supermarket shelves, have been flooding the Vietnamese market since the beginning of this month, especially in the Mekong Delta area. Thai produce, in particular, has been monopolizing the market of late. Even though local fruit farmers have reduced their prices by up to VND10,000 per kg recently, Mangosteen, langsat and durian from Thailand continue to undercut them. Some merchants said that Thai fruits sell better because they taste and look better. While most foreign fruit is coming into the Mekong Delta through China, Thai produce enters the region through Cambodia. The Delta…... [read more]
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The Mekong Delta provinces of Tien Giang, Ben Tre, Dong Thap, Vinh Long, Hau Giang and Can Tho have 20,000 hectares more of speciality fruit trees than they did three years ago, according to the Southern Horticultural Research Institute. Speciality fruit trees in the Mekong Delta have increased to 83,000 hectares, accounting for 29 percent of its fruit tree area. The increase of speciality fruit trees aims to produce safe and high quality fruit on a large scale to meet market demand and improve export competitiveness. Local farmers have been provided with handbooks and training courses on growing fruit trees…... [read more]
Farmers in the Mekong Delta region, the country's largest fruit cultivation area, aim to increase the total area for local fruit specialties to over 80,000 ha by the end of 2014. The provinces of Tien Giang, Ben Tre, Dong Thap, Vinh Long, Tra Vinh, Soc Trang and Hau Giang, along with Can Tho city, plan to develop an additional 10,000 ha of high quality Nam Roi grapefruit, Hoa Loc mangoes, Chin Hoa durians, Lo Ren star apples, thick-skinned oranges and dragon fruit. Local farmers are being encouraged to work in groups or cooperatives to ensure uniform quality and increase the…... [read more]
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As rice cultivation has dropped in the last two years in the Mekong Delta, farmers have switched to planting dragon fruit instead, which brings in two or three times more income than rice. Many farmers in Tien Giang and Long An Provinces have happily switched to growing the popular dragon fruit. Along streets in Long Tri, Duong Xuan Hoi Communes of Chau Thanh District in Long An Province, dragon fruit is seen growing in abundance. The district now plans to cover 2,500 hectares with dragon fruit cultivation by 2015. Moreover, export processing services are also beginning to mushroom in the…... [read more]
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The Mekong Delta region has expanded its large-scale rice fields to over 100,000 ha in the 2013-2014 Winter-Spring crop, 34,000 ha more than the same period last year, according to the Steering Committee for the South-western Region. Large-scale rice fields usually range from 300 to 1,000ha, facilitating mechanisation of farming work. Rice cultivation in such fields has also met Vietnam Good Agricultural Practice (VietGAP) and Global Good Agricultural Practice (GlobalGAP) standards. Accordingly, the region has used high quality rice seeds that have strong resistance against disease and unfavourable weather, and applied advanced technologies in farming in order to improve yields…... [read more]
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(VOV) - The Mekong Delta region earned US$850 million from seafood and rice exports in January, equal to 8.3% of this year’s plan and accounting for 75.2% of the region’s total export revenues. It aims to fetch around US$10.2 billion from exports of the two products this year. To fulfill the plan, the region will use 800,000ha water surface for aquaculture, aiming to yield around 3.7 million tonnes to meet material demand of 198 local processing plants. Meanwhile, 4.2 million ha will be put under rice cultivation, 80% of which will be under high-quality rice. The quality of trade promotion…... [read more]