Update: 10:54 | 13/03/2020
The Vietnam Cooperative Alliance has had a meeting with the People's Committee of the south-central province of Binh Thuan on the development of growing, processing and exporting in the province by 2025.
The project is developed by the Vietnam Cooperative Alliance (VCA), the provincial people's committee and the Lavifood Joint Stock Company to contribute to the sustainable development of the dragon fruit production chain.
The delagation visit a unit producing dragon fruit wine in Binh Thuan.
It also targets to improve economic efficiency for businesses, cooperatives and businesses, while increasing competitiveness and expanding dragon fruit consumption in Binh Thuan province.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has identified dragon fruit as the first among 11 fruits with competitive advantage in Vietnam.
Nguyen Ngoc Bao, VCA Chairman, said that nowhere was there a large dragon fruit growing area like in Binh Thuan province.
This is a great advantage to build a chain of planting, processing and exporting dragon fruits, he said.
However, in order to implement the project effectively, Bao asked the province to speed up mechanisation and application of technical advances in dragon fruit production; ensure infrastructure such as electricity, water and roads for fruit production areas.
The province needed to focus on producing organic dragon fruit and developing a production roadmap to meet the needs of market diversification, he added.
Binh Thuan has more than 30,600 hectares of dragon fruit with an output of more than 640,000 tonnes last year, said Phan Van Tan, Deputy Director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
The province has more than 10,300 hectares and 450 packing facilities meeting VietGAP standards and seven units were granted certificates of safe dragon fruit production under GlobalGAP standards with an area of about 387 hectares by last month.
After the meeting, the VCA and relevant agencies will submit to the Prime Minister and ministries and branches to resolve difficulties and problems regarding mechanisms and policies to support and promote sustainable development of a dragon fruit production chain.