|Farmers harvest pineapples in Tan Phuoc District, Tien Giang Province. Prices of many fruits have begun increasing in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta with the fruit harvest season drawing to a close.— VNA/VNS Photo Dinh Hue
HCM CITY (VNS)— With the fruit harvest season drawing to a close, the prices of many fruits have begun increasing in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta.
In Tien Giang Province's Tan Phuoc District, pineapple prices have shot up since the main harvest period in May and June.
Huynh Van Buon, head of the Tan Phuoc Bureau of Agriculture and Rural Development, said traders are now willing to pay high prices for the fruit, which now costs VND4,000-4,200 per kilogramme at the field, VND3,000 higher than last month.
"At this price, pineapple farmers can make a profit of VND35-40 million ($1,600-1,900) per hectare a year."
Many farmers expect the price to go up to VND4,500-5,000 soon.
Tien Giang has more than 15,400ha under pineapple and an annual output of 200,000 tonnes.
With the application of Vietnamese Good Agriculture Practice (VietGap) standards, pineapple farmers here have earned good profits in recent years.
King orange prices have risen to a record high of VND46,000-47,000 a kilogramme.
Supply is low not only because it is well past the peak harvest season but also because of citrus greening disease, which is fatal to citrus trees.
Ho Van Ut, an agricultural promotion official in Tien Giang's Cai Be District, indicated that the disease was widespread.
Tien Giang, the delta's largest fruit growing area, has about 12,000ha of citrus fruits, including more than 6,000ha of king orange.
In Soc Trang Province, traders are buying guava at orchards for VND4,000-5,000 a kilogramme, double the price it fetched a month ago.
Nguyen Thi Hong Khanh of Ke Sach District's Thoi An Hoi commune said if the price stabilises at these levels farmers can make a profit of VND200 million ($9,500) per hectare.
"The price increase has helped stabilise my family's income and guava cultivation," Khanh, who harvests around 200kg of the fruit every two days, said.
Ke Sach District, Soc Trang's largest guava growing area, has around 1,000ha under the fruit, according to the local Agriculture and Rural Development Bureau.
Guava has helped many local farmers escape poverty because it is easy to grow, cheap to tend, and the tree fruits for a long time, it added. — VNS