The Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang is expanding its specialised growing zone for dragon fruit, a fruit that has helped several local farmers become rich.
Dragon fruits have dominated Vietnamese fruit exports in the first four months of 2018 with total exports reaching US$427 million, a year-on-year increase of 9%.
Vietnamese dragon fruit went up for sale at Australian grocery stores from September 24 after nine years of negotiations, following lychees and mangoes.
India has officially lifted its suspension of the import of Vietnamese black pepper, cassava, cinnamon, and dragon fruits, which was enforced on March 7.
Dragon fruit from Vietnam proved to be a huge draw at the international trade show Fruit Logistica (February 8-10) in Berlin that attracted more than 58,000 visitors, according to Vietnam Embassy personnel.
Experts and businesses discussed ways to maintain and expand EU markets for Vietnam’s fruit and vegetable exports at a seminar in Ho Chi Minh City on October 9.
Due to solid economic growth over the past decade and the expanding Vietnamese middle income class the demand for a wider variety and higher quality of commodities has been steadily on the uptick.
More than 2,300 households growing dragon fruits in Binh Thuan, Long An, and Tien Giang provinces have been assisted to replace 2 million incandescent bulbs with energy-saving lights from July 2014.