Update: 17:04 | 24/09/2018
(BGO) – This time, citrus trees in Luc Ngan district of Bac Giang province have begun to bear fruit. Thanks to proper care, all plants grow well, promising to bring in great revenue to orchard owners.
The main citrus trees of the district are yellow-flesh orange, sweet orange, green grapefruit and sweet pomelo. However, this year, there are many new varieties in the locality such as ‘giay’ orange, seedless orange and sweet tangerine. Only ‘giay’ orange is harvested from the seventh lunar month to the end of the eight lunar month. Yellow-flesh orange, green grapefruit and Hoang grapefruit are ready for sale.
People in Tru Huu commune exchange experience in caring for yellow-flesh orange.
Due to good care, some key citrus tree growing communes of the district like Tan Moc, Tan Quang, Nghia Ho and Hong Giang ... have seen fruitful trees everywhere. Many households earned big profits.
For example, the family of Nguyen Thi Mai in Dong Nam village, Tan Quang commune has just picked up 2 tonnes of ‘giay’ orange, earning over 35 million VND after deducting all costs.
According to Mai, this kind of orange is sold very well and preferred by consumers to squeeze for juice. Traders come to buy all oranges when they become ripe. In the coming time, her family expects to harvest about 5 tonnes of sweet tangerine.
The harvested products have made farm produce purchase points in the district more bustling after the lychee harvest season passed through. Collecting fruits to serve the market during the Mid-Autumn Festival, the couple of Nguyen Thanh Hai and other villagers set up an orange and grapefruit purchase point in Lim street, Giap Son commune.
On average, he daily buys about 3,000-4,000 grapefruits of various kinds and several hundreds of kilograms of oranges for sale in Hanoi and Bac Ninh. Due to abundant supplies, prices of products decreased slightly compared to the same period last year. Green grapefruit is sold at 35,000-37,000 VND per kg, down 3,000-5,000 VND per kg; yellow-flesh orange is sold at 25,000-28,000 VND per kg, down 2,000-4,000 VND per kg; and 10,000-15,000 VND for a Hoang or bolo grapefruit. However, the seedless yellow-flesh orange is more expensive, about 30,000-35,000 VND per kg when sold right in the orchard.
Increasing fruit quality, promoting connectivity for consumption
A farm produce purchase point in Giap Son commune (Luc Ngan district).
According to many orchard owners, this year floods at the end of August and then shady sunlight have affected several orchards. However, thanks to increasing area and caring experience, the citrus yield in the district reached about 50,000 tonnes, an increase of about 10,000 tonnes compared to last year.
Tang Van Huy, head of district Agriculture and Rural Development Division, said that now is the early harvest of citrus so there are many risks for the plants if people do not care for them. With its functions and duties, the division has regularly advised gardeners to provide adequate nutrition at each stage to improve product quality, as well as promptly detect and prevent pests and diseases, notably red spider, Asian citrus psyllid (Greening), white spider and citrus mealybug.
Moreover, farmers should not feed citrus trees with salt as it causes chemical reactions that push other elements out of the soil glue to help the plants easily absorb. In the first years, trees can grow well with high productivity. Long-term salt intake will destroy the soil glue system, making soil harder and poorer and thus affecting growth and development of citrus trees and reduce their output in subsequent years.
To help farmers sell their products at high prices, this year the district will continue to organize trade promotion activities. The district will support farmers in packaging and labeling.
In particular, it will hold the Luc Ngan Fruit Fair instead of the festival as in the previous years. The booths will be expanded and all 30 communes and townships are expected to participate in the festival, an increase of 10 communes compared to last year. The fair will last for about a week at the end of November, offering a chance for visitors to visit and study products, as well as providing consumption connectivity opportunities.