Mekong Delta fruit farmers enjoy bumper harvest, high prices

10:30 | 24/05/2019 Economy- Society

Farmers in the Mekong Delta have entered the peak fruit harvesting season, with bumper harvests and high selling prices.

A farmer harvests durians in Cai Lay district of Tien Giang province - Photo: VNA

In Tra Vinh province, the peak harvest began early this month for specialty fruits like mangosteens, durians, rambutans and longans.

Kha Van Hong, who has a 2,000 sq.m rambutan orchard in Tra Vinh’s Cau Ke district, said the weather was favourable for fruit this year. The fruit yield was more than 10 percent higher than normal, he said.

The prices of the fruits sold at orchards in the province last week were 4,000 – 5,000 VND (17-21 US cent) a kilogram higher than the same period last year, according to farmers.

Early this month, traders from HCM City offered to buy in advance mangosteens in Cau Ke at a price of 40,000 – 45,000 VND (1.7 – 1.9 USD) a kilogram. However, most farmers did not sell the fruit in advance because the district’s mangosteens are in high demand. The price of mangosteens sold at orchards in Cau Ke was 80,000 VND (3.4 USD) a kilogram last week.

Do Van Tai, who grows mangosteen in Cau Ke’s An Phu Tan commune, said this was the first time the price of mangosteen had reached a record