Can Tho aims to lift fruit exports

Monday, Mar 19, 2018 08:53

Fruits are among the major items sold at the Cai Rang Floating Market in Can Tho City. — VNA/VNS Photo An Hieu

Can Tho City has called on companies to strengthen co-operation with farmers for exporting fruits, especially the city’s three key fruits of longan, star apple and mango.

The Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta city grows 98,000 tonnes of fruits in more than 17,120ha of orchards, with mango accounting for 2,710ha, star apple for 1,324ha and longan for 1,838ha, according to its People’s Committee.

Dao Anh Dung, deputy chairman of the committee, said the city would create optimal conditions for companies to collaborate with farmers to consume fruits domestically and export.

It would establish fruit co-operatives which would collaborate with companies, he said.

This year the city plans to export some longan, star apple and mango, he added.

Nguyen Dinh Tung, general director of Vina T&T Import – Export Service Trading Co Ltd said his HCM City-based company buys large volumes of fresh fruits from Can Tho for export, but from traders and not directly from farmers.

For companies to offer guaranteed outlets for farmers, the latter need to sign agreements, he said.

Le Van Thiet, deputy head of the Plant Protection Department, said the country’s five major fruits – dragon fruit, longan, mango, litchi, and star apple – have been exported to several demanding markets such as the US, Chile, Japan and New Zealand.

Viet Nam has exported 230 tonnes of star apple to the US since the first batch was shipped last December, he said.

It plans to export its first batch of mango to the US next month, he said.

Can Tho has zoned areas such as the Cat Hoa Loc mango-growing area in Co Do District and star apple-growing areas in Phong Dien and Binh Thuy districts.

Phong Dien has more than 1,000ha under the fruit.

The Truong Khuong A Hamlet Fruit Orchards Co-operative in Gia Xuan Commune and the Tan Hung Hamlet Star Apple Growing Club in Gia Xuan Commune account for more than 50ha of star apple in Phong Dien.

Pham Thi Minh Hieu, head of the Can Tho City Plant Cultivation and Protection Sub-department, said the city has tied up with a fruit export company to guarantee outlets for the two, and it is inspecting their orchards.

The sub-department would instruct members of the co-operative and club in farming techniques that meet export requirements, she said.

Star apple has provided high incomes for farmers in Phong Dien.

Tran Van Nhanh, who owns a 2ha star apple orchard and is a member of the Truong Khuong A Hamlet Fruit Orchards Co-operative, said he harvested more than 15 tonnes this year.

At a price of VND25 million a tonne, he earned a profit of around VND300 million (US$13,200), he said. — VNS

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