BEN TRE (VNS)— The rambutan VietGAP Tien Phu co-operative in the Tien Long commune, Chau Thanh District, southern Ben Tre Province has signed a contract to export 20 tonnes of rambutan to the US this month.
More than six tonnes have already been exported at prices 20 per cent higher than in the domestic market.
In May, the US Plant Quarantine Organisation granted export licence codes for Vietnamese rambutan and required the fruit to be irradiated before being shipped.
The Tien Phu co-operative has 1,500ha of rambutan in three communes, Tien Long, Tien Thuy and Tan Phu. However, the co-operative has to buy in product from other provinces, including Tra Vinh, Vinh Long, and Binh Phuoc, to meet its orders. Last year, the co-operative exported 60 tonnes of rambutan.-VNS