The southern region is entering the peak harvest season for many fruits like durian, mango, rambutan, avocado, mangosteen, and jackfruit, but farmers are suffering from poor harvests.
The fruit and vegetable farming segment needs to restructure production, enhance linkages among stakeholders in the value chain and invest in modern processing plants, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyễn Xuân Cường has said.
The level of saltwater intrusion in the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta has reached the same high level recorded in the 2015 – 16 dry season, but the damages to farming areas are expected to be less serious as authorities and farmers have taken measures to cope with the situation in the 2019 - 20 dry season.
Consumers in the north are fond of many products from the southern region, but have had difficulty accessing them, particularly at supermarkets, because of a lack of supply in the northern market.
Farmers in the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Tiền Giang have begun harvesting off-season dragon fruit, earning high incomes.
The expansion of fruit growing areas in Tiền Giang Province, the country’s largest fruit producer, has helped farmers adapt to climate change and improve their incomes.
More farmers in flood-prone areas in Tiền Giang Province’s Cái Bè District have turned their low-yield rice fields into specialty fruit orchards and are earning high incomes.
Farmers in the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Đồng Tháp have switched to growing short-term crops often in rotation with rice and perennial trees on more than 16,000ha of infertile rice fields since last year.