HA NOI - The Cho Gao Dragon Fruit Cooperative in the southeastern province of Tien Giang has received an export licence for Thanh Long (dragon fruit) which allows them to export the fruit to the US, said the Southern Fruit Research Institue (SOFRI).
Before export permission was given, the cooperative was awarded the VietGAP certificate, which ensures the quality of fruit, in terms of hygene, ripeness, quality of environment, and clearly outlining fruit origins, measures aimed at boosting fruits exports for the locality, SOFRI added.
Under the guidance of SOFRI, 21 of the cooperative's dragon fruit orchids, which total nearly 20ha with an annual output of 583 tonnes, are following VietGAP's production standard.
The VietGAP perametres allow dragon fruit growers to streamline agricultural practises to maximise resources and increase the quality of dragon fruits for export.
With an area of 2,500ha used for growing dragon fruit, mostly in Cho Gao, Tien Giang expects to extend the area to 5,000ha by 2015 and further educate farmers to maximise their land following the VietGAP production guidelines.
Due to high economic profits, farmers in many provinces such as Long An, Binh Thuan and Tien Giang are encouraged to grow dragon fruit which can be sold from VND15,000-18,000 per kilo (last month's prices in Viet Nam), which contributes to poverty reduction in these provinces. - VNS