DONG THAP (VNS)— Farmers in Dong Thap are making efforts to ensure Lai Vung mandarin oranges are ready for the coming Lunar New Year holiday, which begins in mid-February.
The reddish mandarin orange has become the trademark fruit grown by local farmers in Lai Vung District due to preferable soil and weather conditions.
The district has about 1,100 hectares of mandarin orange, which provides employment and sources of livelihood for many households.
It plans to provide about 50,000 tonnes of mandarin orange for the market this coming Tet season. One hectare of oranges generates up to VND200 million (US$9,500).
According to district authorities, this year farmers have learned how to apply techniques that help prevent insects damaging crops.
Trinh Minh Tam, one of the farmers in Long Hau Commune, said his garden was protected within a flood-proof system and is expected to generate a bumper crop.
According to Tam, prices for the mandarin this year went up from VND10,000 to an average of VND17,000-19,000. His household is expected to earn about half a billion dong for the season. Other farmers say they have learned how to make sure the mandarin ripens in time for the Lunar New Year, when it is required to supply oranges for three nearby regions.
Most have had traders come and buy the fruit directly from their farming areas. — VNS