|Local fruit: Pink pomelos from Thanh Hồng Commune are a well-known local specialty in northern Việt Nam. The fruit has a fresh, harmonious sweet-and-sour taste. — VNA/VNS Photos Mạnh Minh. |Viet Nam News
The main harvest season for pink pomelos in Thanh Hồng Commune, Thanh Hà District, Hải Dương Province, usually takes place from September through November.
The commune has more than 2,000 households growing pomelos on 100ha of farm land, nearly 70 per cent of which is concentrated in Lập Lễ Ward.
This year’s commune harvest was estimated to total 120,000 tons: a 33 per cent increase over last year. The pink pomelos were priced at VNĐ20,000-22,000 (US$1)/each during early harvest. The prices has now stablised at VNĐ15,000-17,000 ($0.75)/each.
Some fifteen households across the commune recorded pocketing impressive earnings of hundreds of millions of VNĐ from this harvest alone. — VNS
|Harvest season: Farmer Nguyễn Văn Nghiễm picks pomelos on his farm. His family earned about US$2,500 from this year’s harvest. — VNA/VNS Photos Mạnh Minh. |
|Market ready: Local farmers bag pomelos before bringing them to market.— VNA/VNS Photos Mạnh Minh. |
|Balancing act: A merchant loads his motorbike with pomelos. Merchants often enjoy discounted prices when they buy directly from farmers at their farms. — VNA/VNS Photos Mạnh Minh. |
|Prolific: Thanh Hồng pomelo trees are known for their productivity. Some bear up to a thousand fruits a year. — VNA/VNS Photo Mạnh Minh. |