On May 18, the provincial People’s Committee and Chanh Thu Export Import Company organized a ceremony to announce export of the first ton of Cat Hoa Loc mango from the province to the US market.
Leaders of the Plant Protection Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Southern Horticultural Research Institute, An Giang province and fruit export firms, cooperatives and farmers were present at the event.
Mr. Nguyen Sy Lam, director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said that mango farming area in An Giang approximates 9,700 hectares. Of these, 7,000 hectares have been bearing fruits with the output of 95,000 tons a year. The main crop provides 70-80 percent of output while unseasonal crop makes up 20-30 percent. The area of mango production under VietGAP quality standard is about 193 hectares with the total output of 1,900 tons a year.
In April, Dong Thap province exported the first eight tons of mango to the US. Afterwards, tens of tons of the fruit from Vinh Long province were shipped to the market.