Australia helps Vietnam develop fruit industry

09:58 | 22/09/2014 Industry

(VEN) - A project was launched on September 16 to increase income of small farming families in the northwest of Vietnam by increasing competitiveness of their tropical and semi-tropical fruits and access to the regional market.

With about US$1.4 million worth of grant aid from the Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), the project will take place from 2014-2018 to help small-sized fruit farming families in northwestern provinces increase their income and livelihoods by selling their products in potentially large markets.

The project will focus on evaluating the market, consumers and local and regional opportunities, while helping improve plans and coordinate the development of tropical and semi-tropical fruit trees in the northwest.

The project will also help overcome barriers, which are hindering the tropical fruit production sector in the northwest, apply new seeds and advanced technology, and develop market models in order to connect markets and make better profits.

Australian Ambassador to Vietnam Hugh Borrowman said that the project would apply new methods to promote dialogue and share information to develop the tropical fruit industry following the market orientation and specific conditions in localities. The project intends to increase farmer’s income focusing on ethnic minorities and women via the more active and more systematic involvement of the private sector./.

Le Hoa