A Thai jackfruit orchard in Đồng Tháp Province’s Thanh Bình District. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyễn Văn Trí ĐỒNG THÁP – The Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Đồng Tháp plans to increase the area under fruits cultivation to more than 35,000ha by 2025 with a focus on environment-friendly farming methods and developing value chains for fruits. It also plans to enhance the means of origin tracing for the fruits and tourism services involving orchards in the period. It hopes to have 928ha of orchards adopting Vietnamese good agricultural practices (VietGAP) standards and 53ha grown to GlobalGAP standards. It has more than 33,000ha of orchards that will produce more than 377,000 tonnes of fruits this year, up 43 per cent in area and 45.9 per cent in output from 2015, according to its Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Mango, longan and citrus fruits are the key fruits and are grown in large, concentrated farming areas. Nguyễn Phước Thiện, director of the department, said the rapid growth in fruit production has been a big factor in the province’s successful restructuring of its agriculture. The income for farmers from the province’s key fruits is three to eight times higher than from rice, he… Read full this story
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