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Farming organic dragon fruit expands in Long An
Vietnam's Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Long An will expand cultivation of organic dragon fruit, primarily in Chau Thanh district, according to its Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Nguyen Ngoc Tai, who cultivates 520 organic dragon fruit in Duong Xuan Hoi commune, said the model does not use chemicals and pesticides, and produces a high yield.
Organic dragon fruit plants are guaranteed outlets and sell for prices 10 per cent higher than the market price, he said.
Efficient irrigation helps farmers save 50-80 per cent on irrigation water compared to manual irrigation and 10-40 per cent on fertiliser, reducing production costs by two to four million dong ($86-172) per hectare a month, according to the department.
Among other cooperatives that have received assistance, the Thanh Phu Long Agriculture Cooperative in Chau Thanh’s Thanh Phu Long commune last year received instruction in growing techniques under Vietnamese Good Agricultural Practices (VietGAP) from the Vietnam Cooperative Alliance. The alliance also helped them build a brand name for their dragon fruit and informed them of the importance of origin traceability.
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