Harvesting mangosteen in Binh Duong province (Photo: VNA) Binh Duong (VNS/VNA) – Mangosteen farmers in the southeastern province of Binh Duong have had a bumper crop of mangosteen this season because of long periods of hot weather, low rainfall, and support from local authorities. The province, one of the country’s largest mangosteen producers, has more than 1,000ha of mangosteen. In Thuan An township, the province’s largest mangosteen area, crops in An Thanh, Hung Dinh and Binh Nham wards and An Son commune have increased by 15 – 20 percent against last year, according to orchard owners. The harvest season for the fruit normally begins in lunar May and lasts for about three months. In Thuan An township, mangosteen has been cultivated since the 19th century and is famous for its delicious taste. Le Thi Kim Huong, who has a nearly 100-year old mangosteen orchard in Binh Nham ward, said the yield is expected to increase by 20 percent against last year. Local authorities upgraded the irrigation system, which also helped produce higher yields, she said, adding that farmers had received funds from the local authorities to buy fertiliser. The An Son Commune Agricultural Service Cooperative has 11 members growing mangosteen…. Read full this story
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