Update: 14:44 | 24/07/2019
Loc Troi Group, a leading provider of agricultural services and products in Vietnam, on July 23 announced it had exported 8.1 kg of seeds that will grow into seedless watermelons to Japan.
According to Chairman of the group Huynh Van Thon, the seeds are part of a project between Loc Troi and Japanese-based Hagihara Farm Co., Ltd., which aims to teach Japanese watermelon cultivation techniques to Vietnamese farmers to build an organic model in the country.
Harvesting watermelons on a field as part of the Loc Troi - Hagihara Farm project.
The project also targets the production and distribution of the seeds in Vietnam as well as their export to Japan and elsewhere.
Mai Tan Hoang, deputy head of Loc Troi’s research and development department, said one of the toughest requirements is to ensure the formation of a 99.9-percent purebred variety unharmed by microorganisms. This means strict standards for soil quality and temperature as well as the separation the seedless plantations from normal ones to avoid unwanted pollination.
Tran Viet Truong, a farmer in Hau Giang’s Chau Thanh district who was involved in the production of the first seed batch sent to Japan, said compared to growing normal commercial watermelons, the process for the Japanese variety requires much more advanced techniques.
The project has been carried out in the Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang and Tien Giang, with initial success of the first 8.1 kg of 99.97-percent purebred seeds for export.