Dragon fruit

Topics: Vietnam, Provinces of Vietnam, Mekong Delta Pages: 4 (842 words) Published: January 9, 2015
Dragon fruit in Vietnam has three main varieties: red-skinned fruit with white flesh, red-skinned fruit with red flesh and yellow-skinned fruit with white flesh. Since the white-fleshed dragon fruit (or Pitaya) can grow stronger, larger and produce sweeter fruit than other varieties, they are much more planted in the Vietnam. Dragon fruit with red and yellow flesh are also popular, but the area for red-fleshed dragon fruit in the rural areas in Vietnam is trivial and its productivity equals only 70% compared with white flesh. According to Vietnam's fruit and vegetables Association (VINAFRUIT), in recent years, export of Vietnam dragon fruit has impressive growth rate , approximately 70-80%, and this year predicts that it will reach about 40-50%. Currently, there are 32 provinces, with approximately 25.000ha for dragon fruits, annual output of 460 thousand tons /year, export turnover to achieve US $150 million. This fruit was first planted in Nha Trang and Binh Thuan, now it is grown mainly in three localities: Binh Thuan, Tien Giang (Cho Gao) and Long An (Chau Thanh district). Thanks to its high economic efficiency, dragon tree is being widely planted in several other localities in the Cuu Long (Mekong Delta), the South East and the North. • In Chau Thanh district, Long An, the total area of pitaya trees is estimated to be 1.2 thousand hectares in 2011, accounting for 7.5% of the country's total area for production. They are mainly grown in the Long Tri, Duong Xuan Hoi, An Luc Long, Tam Vu town and neighboring villages Long Thanh Phu, Phu Ngai Tri, Tan Phuoc Hung, Hiep Thanh, ... Currently, there are about 15-20 local enterprises and purchasing sites specialized in dragon fruit to supply for the domestic market and export. However, only about 6-8 enterprises are considered to be large business (average 40-50 tons / day or more). However, the company specialized only in purchasing pitayas accounts for 50-60% over overall dragon fruit’s regional capacity. Some...
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