Experts suggest more fruit cultivation

Experts suggest more fruit cultivation (21-07-2009) A farmer harvests mandarin oranges in Lai Vung District of the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Dong Thap. — VNA/VNS Photo Van Tri HCM CITY — Dedicating large areas to growing certain special varieties of fruit trees will help Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta provinces exploit the massive global demand for fruits, experts have said. The Cultivation Department expects the global demand for fruit to grow 24 per cent in the next decade from around 2.9 million tonnes now. The US and the EU are expected to remain the biggest importers, consuming around 70 per cent. It says Viet Nam harvests around 6.5 million tonnes of fruit annually, 46 per cent of which is grown in the delta, including many special varieties that are highly popular in the domestic and overseas markets. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has already nominated nine of the special varieties for development in the delta for export. Five of them — Nam … [Read more...]

$2b in fruit and vegetable exports expected

Many other markets such as the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Australia and Canada have had high demand for the Vietnamese buoi hong da xanh (green-peel and pink-flesh) grapefruit. — File Photo HA NOI (Biz Hub) – Viet Nam expects to reach a total export value of US$2 billion for fruits and vegetables this year, an official of the Viet Nam Vegetable and Fruit Association (Vinafruit) said. Huynh Quang Dau, Vinafruit deputy chairman, said Viet Nam's export value of fruits and vegetables had seen strong growth in recent times, reported kinhtenongthon.com.vn. The export value reached $1.47 billion in 2014, much higher than the $500 million earned in 2013, due to the expansion of the export market. In the first quarter of this year, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) said the nation had gained a year-on-year increase of 13 per cent in the export value of fruits and vegetables, amounting to $274 million. The Southern Fruit Tree Research Institute said … [Read more...]

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Japan calls for better development strategies Viet Nam needs to solve its problems of infrastructure development, human resources and institutions and policies to strengthen its industrialisation strategy from the perspective of Japanese industrial cooperation. This opinion was voiced by Japanese Ambassador to Viet Nam Yasuaki Tanizaki at the international conference on Viet Nam-Japan strategic co-operation to improve Viet Nam's industrial capacity, held in Ha Noi yesterday. At the conference, the State management agencies, scientists, Vietnamese and Japanese businesses examined the impact of Japanese investment on Viet Nam's industrial development, as well as challenges and solutions to industrial production in the country. Addressing the event, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh said that Japan was the most important partner country for Viet Nam with regard to foreign direct investment (FDI) as well as official development assistance (ODA) in the … [Read more...]

Blue dragon fruit prices soar in Tien Giang Province

Traders are paying a record high price of VND23,000-25,000 a kilogram for blue dragon fruit in Cho Gao District in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang, which specializes in growing blue dragon fruit. Blue dragon fruit being packed in Quon Long Commune of Cho Gao District in Tien Giang Province (Photo: VNA) Several traders have paid in advance at VND17,00-18,000 a kilogram for unripe blue dragon in Quon Long Commune in Cho Gao District. Tien Giang Province has more than 2,500 hectares of blue dragon cultivation with total output of nearly 40,000 tons a year, concentrated mainly in Cho Gao District. Blue dragon is one of seven fruits with a competitive advantage in Tien Giang Province and is moving to further enhance both quality and grip in the market. According to the Southern Fruit Tree Research Institute, blue dragon is an export fruit commodity with the highest and very steady growth rate. … [Read more...]

Australian expert praises Vietnam’s fruit trees

An Australian agricultural research expert has highlighted the quality of Vietnam's fruit trees and the country's achievements in creating high-quality fruit varieties for export. The CEO of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), Nick Austin, made the statement after working with the Southern Fruit Trees Research Institute and attending Vietnam 's first fruit festival being held in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang from April 19-24. Austin also visited labs and test-growing areas of the Southern Fruit Trees Research Institute and trial bio-fertiliser fields in Cai Lay district. Agriculture cooperation is an important aspect in the Vietnam - Australia relationship. During the visit, Austin is scheduled to hold working sessions with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Ministry of Planning and Investment along with agricultural research institutes on donor cooperation in research and development in Vietnamese agriculture and … [Read more...]

Regulations on exporting fruit to China only positive step

While farmers fear that they will meet difficulties in exporting fruit to China after July 1, 2009, government agencies have reassured them that the application of the regulations on tracing origins will benefit consumers of the two countries. Under the agreement signed between the two countries, Vietnamese fruit exported to China as of July 1 must have clean 'resumes' and meet stipulated requirements on food hygiene. While farmers complain about the complicated procedures they have to follow to export fruit to China, government agencies say that this should have been implemented a long time ago, as it benefits consumers and producers. According to Dr Nguyen Minh Chau, Head of the Southern Fruit Tree Research Institute, the requirements set by the Chinese side are the Viet GAP and Global GAP requirements which are applied in many countries in the world. The origin tracing of fruit is international practice, and it seems to be a bit late that the requirements are only now beginning … [Read more...]

Vietnamese Grapefruit Not Linked to Cancer

Dr. Nguyen Chan Hung, Director of the Tumors Hospital cum Chairman of the Cancer Association of Viet Nam, advised people to continue eating Vietnamese grapefruit in a talk with Sai Gon Giai Phong newspaper reporters. The talk took place after the mass media recently reported that daily grapefruit consumption raises women's risk of breast cancer based on research by foreign scientists. Scientists at the Universities of Southern California say that Citrus Paradisi may raise women's risk of breast cancer Dr. Hung said that a study pertaining to the matter by scientists at the Universities of Southern California in Los Angeles and Hawaii in Honolulu was released on the Cancer Research UK website. The study reported that eating as little as a quarter of a grapefruit a day may increase the risk of breast cancer in menopausal women. The findings come from data on 46,000 women taking part in a large lifestyle study of people from five ethnic/racial groups, 1,657 of whom had been diagnosed … [Read more...]

Closer co-operation could increase fruit production

Closer co-operation could increase fruit production (18-02-2006) HCM CITY — A closer link between farmers, local authorities, businesses and scientists would strengthen local fruit production, boosting Viet Nam's domestic and overseas sales. Vietnamese consumers tend to buy foreign fruits rather than those from Viet Nam, citing better quality and more colourful products, scientists said. Scientists however said that Vietnamese fruits are as tasty as their foreign counterparts, but advantages are being lost, as they are not grown with advanced methods of cultivation dependent on co-operation between farmers, local authorities, businesses, and scientists. The Southern Fruit Tree Research Institute (SFTRI) said that the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta, the country's rice and fruit basket, now has about 300,000 ha under fruit trees, but has no area specialising in cultivating fruit trees. Each local farming household in the delta has its own orchard and decides to plant whatever fruit … [Read more...]

For sweet fruit crops

Over the past ten years, the Southern Fruit-Tree Research Institute has obtained important achievements, thus contributing to the development of the two largest fruit-tree growing areas in the country, including the Mekong River delta and the eastern Nam Bo (Southern Vietnam), increasing the fruit-tree area in the South to nearly 400,000 ha, accounting for 50 percent of that (about 750,000 ha) in the whole country. The Institute's experimental houses where many high-yield varieties being created. The Institute's scientific cadres checking the quality of longan. The Institute's bio-technological laboratory. Japanese entomologist Ichonose exchanging his experiences with the Institute's scientific cadres. The Institute's multiplying garden which provides many rare and precious varieties to southern areas. Over the past ten years, the Southern Fruit-Tree Research Institute has obtained important achievements, thus contributing to the development of the two largest fruit-tree growing … [Read more...]

Improving fruit quality for export development

(VEN) - The Mekong Delta is well suited for fruit tree cultivation. There are more than 300,000 hectares of fruit trees in the region. It is renowned for its Hoa Loc mango, Lai Vung mandarin orange, Nam Roi pomelo, Lo Ren star apple, Chin Hoa durian and Cai Mon rambutan. Although these high quality products are renowned their export still faces difficulties.Forming areas specializing in fruit tree cultivation The Government had a plan for forming areas specializing in fruit tree cultivation nationwide in 1999, giving priority to the Mekong Delta. Many fruit tree co-operatives, including Hoa Loc Mango Co-operative in Cai Be District in Tien Giang Province, Vinh Kim Lo Ren Star Apple Co-operative in Tien Giang Province, Lai Vung Mandarin Orange Co-operative in Dong Thap Province and others, were operating less effectively. Without a proper interpretation of benefits to be brought in by satisfaction of VietGAP and GlobalGAP standards, farmers in the region were not willing to apply these … [Read more...]

Vietnamese star apple proposed for world record

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(VOV) - The Vietnam Record Organization has submitted a profile to the Asian Record Organization and the Guinness World Record Organization to recognise '"Vietnam as the only country in the world that exports star apples.'" Top ten Vietnamese dishes win Asian records The star apple has been used for centuries and the Lo Ren star apple is a favourite variety with customers around the world. The Vinh Kim Lo Ren Star Apple Co-operative exports more than 10 tonnes of star apples to the UK and Canada each year. It plans to ship 50 tonnes to Russia and Germany alone in 2012. Businesses in the southern provinces are expanding to export the fruit to the US and other countries in Asia. Vietnam is currently the only country in the world that is exporting the fruit. Other countries such as Cambodia, the Philippines, India, Thailand and Australia plant star apples only for domestic use. … [Read more...]

First batch of longan shipped to the US

(VOV) - Two tonnes of Hung Yen longan have been transported to Ho Chi Minh City to be shipped to the US. The longans, grown in Ham Tu and Hong Nam villages in Hung Yen province will undergo irradiation to neutralise plant pests before export. Despite a modest volume, this good news has encouraged longan farmers to improve the fruit quality. Ham Tu and Hong Nam villages have nearly 20ha of longan trees planted under the Vietnamese Good Agriculture Practice (VietGap) standards in which farmers only use permitted bio-pesticides and keep spray diaries to ensure longan quality and safety. Hong Nam village has also cultivated longan on another 170ha with an annual output of more than 2,000 tonnes. In Hung Yen province, longan trees are grown on more than 3,000ha which give an output of 35,000-40,000 tonnes. The longans are harvested from late July to late September. The fruits are mainly consumed at the domestic market and a part of them are processed into dried longans to export to … [Read more...]

American people to enjoy Vietnamese longan soon

VGP – Nearly two tons of longan will be purchased by exporters on August 21-22 in Ham Tu and Hong Nam communes in the northern province of Hung Yen before shipping to the U.S. Illustration photo The fruits will undergo irradiation treatment in Ho Chi Minh City. Chairman of Hong Nam communal People’s Committee Vu Huy Han said this is an encouraging signal for peasants who have tried to raise longan quality. The two communes put aside nearly 20ha for longan cultivation in accordance with Vietnamese Good Agriculture Practice (VietGap) standards, including the use of permitted bio-pesticides. Hung Yen is well-known as a traditional longan grower with the total output of 35,500-40,000 tons per year. Earlier, the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved the import of fresh lychee and longan from Viet Nam in 2013. As a pre-condition for entry, the fruits must be grown in orchards registered with and monitored by the National Plant Protection Organization of Viet Nam … [Read more...]

Raw cashew imports jump in first six months

(VOV) -Trade in raw and processed cashew nuts for the six months leading up to July of 2015 has risen sharply in both volume and value, according to the most recent statistics of the General Department of Vietnam Customs. Imports and exports Vietnam Customs has forecast 2015 exports could outperform last year which saw the overall value of cashew exports reach the US$2 billion benchmark for the first time ever, making the industry the fourth largest in agriculture. Last year, businesses principally purchased raw product from African countries but due to shrinking supplies and higher prices have shifted to suppliers in Indonesia and Cambodia this year. "Unfavourable weather has reduced supplies across the African continent and driven up the prices of raw cashew nuts," said Nguyen Duc Thanh, chairman of the Vietnam Cashew Association (Vinacas). This in turn has forced buyers in the industry to turn to alternative sources of supply as the nation’s domestic growers cannot … [Read more...]

Canada hopes to expand trade in Mekong Delta

During a working session with Can Tho city authorities on August 10, Canadian Ambassador to Vietnam David Devine said Canadian firms want to enhance trade relations in the delta, specifically with Can Tho city, Tien Giang and Ben Tre provinces. Businesses from Canada are seeking to expand trade in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam, especially in chemicals, agriculture pharmaceuticals, seafood material and education. He said Canada welcomes and creates favourable conditions for Vietnamese rice and seafood and other agriculture businesses to expand trade in the market. He noted that the Mekong Delta is rich in land and boasts high agro-fisheries output. The region’s export products also meet the Global Good Agricultural Practice (GlobalGAP) standards. With the support of Canadian agriculture pharmaceuticals, the local products are expected to satisfy the strict requirements of choosy markets such as the EU and Japan, he added. The Ambassador said economic ties between Canada … [Read more...]

Insects destroy sweet potatoes in Vinh Long

VINH LONG (VNS)— Insects are damaging sweet potato crops in Binh Tan District in the Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long. Le Van Trung, head of Thanh Loi Safe Vegetable Co-operatives in the district's Thanh Loi Commune, said that a strange insect that local farmers called "tan mat" was first detected in the district in 2012. It is difficult to find because it is very tiny and able to move fast, he said. Farmers usually found it after it pierced part of a sweet potato. By this time, it was too late to spray chemicals to kill the insect, Trung said. He said that wholesalers paid only VND 400-850 (US1-2 cents ) per kilolgram of damaged sweet potato. Earlier this year, sweet potatoes were priced up to VND680,000 ($31) per 60 kilos or 50 cents per kilo. Huynh Van Giau, a local farmer, said that the breakeven price for each kilo of sweet potato was about VND 6,000 (27 cents). Giau said that he grew about 5,000 sq.m of sweet potato and would probably suffer a loss of VND50 … [Read more...]

Vietnam to ship longan to the US for first time

The harvest of longan approved for the country's first export consignment to the United States in Hanoi and the northern province of Hung Yen will finish in the next ten days, according to the agriculture ministry's Plant Protection Department. The department has tested the fruits grown in the two localities and granted regional codes for five areas that are qualified to export them to the US. The longan grown on a trial basis for export to the US achieved 95 percent of the required quality, Hoang Trung, the department's deputy director, said. Longan to be exported to the US. Photo: hungyentourism.com.vn Businesses are cooperating with the department's Import and Export Centre to go directly to these five areas to buy from farmers for the export, he said. Hung Yen has 20 hectares of longan trees owned by 175 households in Ham Tu commune of Khoai Chau district and Hong Nam commune of Hung Yen city, which have been granted the codes. The province, a traditional longan grower, has … [Read more...]

Vietnam to ship longan to US for first time

The harvest of longan approved for the country's first export consignment to the US in Hanoi and the northern province of Hung Yen will finish in the next ten days, according to the agriculture ministry's Plant Protection Department. The department has tested the fruits grown in the two localities and granted regional codes for five areas that are qualified to export them to the US. The longan grown on a trial basis for export to the US achieved 95% of the required quality, Hoang Trung, the department's deputy director, said. Businesses are co-operating with the department's Import and Export Centre to go directly to these five areas to buy from farmers for the export, he said. Hung Yen has 20 hectares of longan trees owned by 175 households in Ham Tu Commune of Khoai Chau District and Hong Nam Commune of Hung Yen City, which have been granted the codes. The province, a traditional longan grower, has a total of 2,000ha under the fruit that yield 35,500-40,000 tonnes a … [Read more...]

VN to ship longan to US for first time

HA NOI (VNS) — The harvest of longan approved for the country's first export consignment to the US in Ha Noi and the northern province of Hung Yen will finish in the next ten days, according to the agriculture ministry's Plant Protection Department. The department has tested the fruits grown in the two localities and granted regional codes for five areas that are qualified to export them to the US. The longan grown on a trial basis for export to the US achieved 95 per cent of the required quality, Hoang Trung, the department's deputy director, said. Businesses are co-operating with the department's Import and Export Centre to go directly to these five areas to buy from farmers for the export, he said. Hung Yen has 20 hectares of longan trees owned by 175 households in Ham Tu Commune of Khoai Chau District and Hong Nam Commune of Hung Yen City, which have been granted the codes. The province, a traditional longan grower, has a total of 2,000ha under the fruit that yield … [Read more...]