Mekong Delta promptly prepares agricultural products for Tet Holiday

Farmers and cooperatives in the Mekong Delta have been operating at their full capacity to produce dried products and fruits in preparation for the coming Tet holiday.

Tran Hoi dried banana village (Photo: SGGP)

Tran Hoi dried banana village (Photo: SGGP)

Households making dried banana in Tran Hoi commune, Tran Van Thoi district, Ca Mau province said that a little affected by the first storm in 2019, they have briefly resumed operation. This year, traders have paid high setting farmers’ mind at rest to speed up production.
Mr. Tran Duy Thanh from the commune said that three generations of his family have made dried banana. His family sells about 10 tons, priced VND15,000-20,000 a kilogram, a month. The price usually increases near Tet Holiday.
Dried shrimp has also been good selling in Ca Mau province. Dried shrimp cooperatives in Rach Goc village in Ngoc Hien district are operating at their full capacity. Dried shrimp named after the village Rach Goc has been granted with collective trademark since 2011.
Mr. Bui Van Chuong, director of Tan Phat Loi dried shrimp cooperative, said that the village’s products have been shelved in many supermarkets across the country. Peak production time starts a month before Tet Holiday so cooperative members have worked day and night.
Coastal villages making dried fish products such as Song Doc, Cai Doi Vam and Rach Tau have also stepped up production. Production establishments have continuously increased capacity providing jobs for locals and increasing their income.
Mr. Le Minh Duc, owner of an establishment in Tran Van Thoi town, Tran Van Thoi district, said that his establishment sells about two tons of dried fish a year mainly in Tet holiday. Currently the number of orders has been high.
Besides dried products, farmers in the Mekong Delta have concentrated on taking care of their fruit orchards to harvest in time for Tet sale.
Mr. Luu Van Tin, director of Lai Vung red mandarin cooperative, said that red mandarin is harvested once a year in Tet holiday. At present, farmers are focusing on care of the orchard.
Meantime, farmers in Soc Trang, Vinh Long and Ben Tre provinces have focused on their Tet pomelo crop.
Mr. Dang Van Nam from Ke Sach district, Soc Trang province said that traders from HCMC, the northern region and the Mekong Delta have ordered large volume. The fruit’s peak harvest time is about 1-2 week before Tet.
Mr. Dam Van Hung, owner of Huong Mien Tay green peel pomelo company in Ben Tre province, said that pomelo price has jumped from VND30,000 to VND42,000 a kilogram in recent days. It is forecast to further hike near Tet holidays to reach VND50,000-60,000 a kilogram. 
Pomelo export to China, Singapore and Europe have been on the rise.
Mr. Nguyen Van Thuc, deputy director of Hoa Loc mango cooperative in Cai Be district, Tien Giang province, said that Hoa Loc mango price has surged to VND80,000-85,000 a kilogram. It is expected to jump by VND20,000-40,000 a kilogram because of yearend output drop and high consumption demand.

By staff writers – Translated by Hai Mien

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