Phu Hung hamlet, Ham My Commune, Ham Thuan Nam District, Binh Thuan Province
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More than 30% of the area of Binh Thuan dragon fruit is produced according to VietGAP standards
US export dragon fruits must follow a closed process.
Photo: Pham Hong Nhung - VNA
Binh Thuan currently has more than 29,000 hectares of dragon fruit with an output of about 600,000 tons /year. Dragon fruit becomes a key crop with high export value of the province. From 2009 to the present, the program of safe dragon fruit production in the direction of VietGAP has gradually changed the traditional production practices of farmers, promoting farmers to apply science and technology in accordance with production requirements. current practices and trends.
Some growers said that a few years ago because dragon fruit production under VietGAP was laborious, such as observing hygiene regulations, recording farming records, using plant protection drugs in accordance with the process ... but the price There is no difference in selling price, so many farmers are not interested in producing according to VietGAP standards.
However, in recent times, many dragon fruits have dropped sharply, tons of fruits have no buyers, but dragon fruits produced according to VietGAP and GlobalGAP standards still consume and export normally with stable prices, causing many Farmer changed the way of thinking, the more sustainable way.
According to the Binh Thuan Dragon Fruit Research and Development Center, from the beginning of 2018, the area of dragon fruit recognized to be grown according to VietGAP standard in Binh Thuan province is more than 10,000 hectares (an increase of more than 500 hectares compared to with 2017), accounting for over 30% of the province's area; in which, Ham Thuan Nam district has the largest area of VietGAP recognized dragon fruit with nearly 6,000 ha, followed by Ham Thuan Bac district with 3,500 ha and Bac Binh district of 340 ha ...
The province has nearly 450 groups, groups, farms, cooperatives and thousands of households producing dragon fruits according to VietGAP standards. A good sign is that more and more farmers are volunteering to register for production under this standard.
Dragon fruit production in the direction of VietGAP is increasingly creating a sustainable and efficient production environment. However, because of the strict and labor-intensive production process, some parts of the people are still hesitant and indifferent to VietGAP.
According to the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of Binh Thuan province, in order to further expand the area of dragon fruits in the future, the agriculture sector will coordinate with localities to promote propaganda to raise people's awareness about important and safe agricultural production process.
At the same time, the agricultural sector will coordinate with the related industries to promote the mobilization of enterprises and enterprises to buy VietGAP dragon fruits for farmers; In which, priority should be given to enterprises, organizations and individuals to purchase dragon fruit products manufactured under VietGAP to participate in trade promotion conferences and at the same time encourage enterprises to associate with groups. producing dragon fruits to build dragon fruit value chain ...