Farmers to see good profits from red mandarin for Tet

VietNamNet Bridge – Farmers who grow red mandarins in Dong Thap Province’s Lai Vung District expect to earn a good profit during the Tet (Lunar New Year) festival which falls on February 16.  Quyt hong Lai Vung (Lai Vung red mandarin), a specialty fruit of the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province, is one of the favourite fruits for the New Year holiday because of its beautiful colour, thin skin, few seeds and special flavour. Luu Van Rang, who owns a 3,000sq.m of red mandarin trees in Lai Vung, said: “The weather was inclement last year, so the fruit output for Tet is expected to decline by one- third compared to normal years” but the price has been increasing. The quantity of red mandarin supplied for Tet may decline because of early ripe red mandarins, according to farmers. Longer months and an early rainy season have caused premature ripening of red mandarins before the lunar New Year, which is the peak harvest season for the fruit.  The district has harvested more than 30 per cent of red mandarin so far, according to the district’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. In Long Hau Commune, which has about 449ha of red mandarin trees and is the largest red mandarin cultivation area in Lai Vung, many farmers have applied advanced farming techniques and received high yields despite inclement weather. Luu Van Tin, who has 6,500sq.m of red mandarin in Long Hau, said the use of advanced farming techniques had increased quality and yield… [Read full story]

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