14:06 | 30/07/2014 Science - Technology
(VEN) - Grapevine has been identified as a key plant of the central province of Ninh Thuan in the coming years with production value from the plant accounting for 18-19 percent of total value from cultivation activity in the province.
Growing grapes brings high incomes to farmers in Ninh Thuan Province
High economic efficiency
Ninh Thuan is the province that has the largest grape cultivation area in the country. At present, it has 727ha of grape fields with an average yield of 16,695 tonnes per year, of which more than 10,000 tonnes are sold to other cities and provinces nationwide. Ninh Thuan grapes are processed to make a variety of grape products such as dried grapes, grape jam and grape wine, meeting perse demand of the market.
Deputy Director of the Ninh Thuan provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Chau Thang Long said Ninh Thuan grape has very high productivity, from 20-25 tonnes per ha a year, not inferior to other grape producing countries like India and the Netherlands.
Nguyen Van Moi from Phuoc Thuan Commune, Ninh Phuoc District, one of the pioneers in grape production said there were few crops that bring such a high revenue like grape tree with annual average revenue of hundreds of millions of dong per ha, not to mention other processed products from grape and tourism services.
A plan to control the market
To promote the high economic values brought from grape trees, Ninh Thuan provincial people's committee approved a planning on safe grape cultivation region by 2020. Accordingly, it strives to have grape producing area to reach 2,200ha with yield of 40,000 tonnes by 2015 and raising to 2,500ha and 64,000 tonnes a year by 2020.
To fulfill this target, the province will continue to expand grape cultivation areas, invest in new grape varieties and improve all the old grapevine trellis. The province will also boost trade promotion and advertisement on Ninh Thuan grape products.
Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Tran Quoc Khanh underlined that the Ministry of Science and Technology supported the province to build geographical indications for Ninh Thuan grape products. This helped certify the source of origin of the products and showed the differences in quality and features of Ninh Thuan grapes compared with those products of other regions throughout the country./.
According to the Ninh Thuan provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development every year, Vietnam has to import about 4,000 - 5,000 tonnes of high-quality fresh grapes from countries like Australia, the US, China and Thailand and a large volume of products made from grapes including jams, wines and soft drinks. This is an opportunity for Ninh Thuan grapes to increase the productivity and quality of fresh grapes and products made from grapes to meet huge demand of the market.
By Quynh Nga