|Lavi Agri buys 100 tonnes of Long An dragon fruits. — VNS File Photo|
LONG AN — The Long An Dragon Fruit Association sold over 100 tonnes of dragon fruits to Lavi Agri Company Limited, a member of Lavifood JSC, on Wednesday.
This is the first batch following the signing of the co-operation programme between the association with Lavi Agri to purchase and consume 100 hectares of red-flesh dragon fruits in the provincial Châu Thành and Tân Trụ districts.
Farmer Nguyễn Văn Lý in Thanh Phú Long commune said that the company purchased dragon fruits grade 1 at VNĐ30,000 (US$1.3); dragon fruits grade 2 costs VNĐ20,000 per kilo; grade 3 costs VNĐ15,000 per kilo.
The price was equal or higher than that in outside markets, he said.
In particular, farmers had a clear contract with the company and will receive a 30 per cent deposit, he added.
Nguyễn Quốc Trịnh, the association’s chairman, said this was the first value chain for dragon fruit.
The association, together with Lavifood, had created a value chain for dragon fruit which both helps farmers to have a clear contract and provides technical support to farmers to make dragon fruit grow better, he said.
The agreement was signed at the end of last month to purchase and consume red dragon fruit in the province’s Châu Thành and Tân Trụ districts.
Under the agreement, the company will buy 100 hectares of dragon fruits, equivalent to 3,000-3,500 tonnes, provided that dragon fruits are grown in Châu Thành and Tân Trụ districts and are cultivated using a clean process.
The province currently has more than 12,000 hectares of dragon fruit with output of more than 400,000 tonnes per year. — VNS