Mekong Delta farmers to expand area of clean vegetables for Tet

High demand of vegetable and fruit in Tet Holiday makes a large number of farmers at Mekong Delta expand area of growing vegetable and fruit.

High demand for vegetable and fruit in Tet Holiday makes a large number of farmers at Mekong Delta expand area of sowing various vegetables and fruits for harvest ahead of Lunar New Year (Tet Holiday) next February.

Along with the development of high tech agriculture which uses various agricultural machinery and applies agricultural standards, more and more vegetable and fruit with high effiency are brought to consumers. On Tet occasions, when the demand for vegetable and fruit is very high, growers in Mekong Delta has expanded their growing areas.

In Ca Mau Province, farmers began planting bitter melon, spring onion, watermelon, tomato and other vegetables early this month. Specifically, farmers in Ly Van Lam Commune, where is famous for watermelon growth in Ca Mau Province, are now planting 21 hectares of the fruit with Vietnamese Good Agricultural Practices (VietGAP) standards.

“Planting watermelon based on VietGAP standards has high economic efficiency as it saves fertiliser and pesticide costs.”, said Le Nhu – a farmer with 2.5 hectares in Ly Van Lam. In fact, if the weather is favourable, farmers could earn VND 20 million (US$860) per 1.000 square meters. Remarkably, Ly Van Lam Agriculture Co-operative has been instructed by The local People’s Committee make sure its members follow watermelon growing schedules, the and the size.

In addition, many farrmers in Dong Thap Province are also growing clean vegetables, including in net houses, to meet high demand in Tet. Mr. Nguyen Van Tao at Long Thuan Commune, one of the Dong Thap’s major vegetable growing areas with 282 hectares under various vegetables, including 160 hectares of clean vegetables, said that this year is the first time he begins to grow Chinese mustard greens in a net house. The price of Chinese mustard greens is usually high before Tet as people buy them to make pickled vegetables for eating during the festival. He has planted 1.500 square meters of the greens and expected to earn VND 15 million ($640) per 1.000 square.

In vegetable growing areas in Long An Province such as Can Duoc and Can Giuoc, growers are also producing more spring onion, peppermint, water spinach and other vegetables. According to the district’s Agriculture and Rural Development Division, Can Duoc have encouraged farmers and agricultural co-operatives to utilize VietGAP standards in growing vegetables to bring quality products to markets.

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