09:19 | 29/07/2015 Trade
Longan growers in the northern province of Hung Yen are preparing for the harvest of the fruit, a distinct produce of the province, in mid-August, part of which will be exported to the United States.
Hung Yen farmers are preparing for the harvest of the province's special fruit
Deputy Head of the provincial agriculture department Doan Thi Chai said the province has 20 hectares of longan trees belonging to 175 households in Ham Tu commune of Khoai Chau district and Hong Nam commune of Hung Yen city, which have been granted regional codes for export to the US.
According to farmers in these two regions, harvest will come in less than three weeks, farmers and farm-workers have been given training and financial support for plant protection in addition to longan preservation bags to ensure optimum quality of the fruit to be exported.
Since the codes were granted, growers in Ham Tu and Hong Nam have been strictly following the Vietnamese good agriculture practice (VietGAP), using only permitted biopesticides to ensure the safety of the fruit.
Bui Van Tam from Hong Nam said considering the US as an important import market, local farmers have been taking great care of their plants by investing in premium fertilisers and spending more time on the field.
Another farmer from Ham Tu said compared with the traditional cultivation technique, the new practice requires more efforts and will reduce output, estimated at 10 tonnes per hectare, however the overall appearance of the product will be more attractive and able to meet the high export standards.
Currently local experts and those from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development are working closely with farmers in the regions previously granted with codes to ensure the produce meets the required criteria.
Provincial agriculture and trade officials are also planning promotional events to approach experienced fruit exporters in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to advertise the fruit more widely and create conditions for expanding the export market./.