The Vietnamese Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap has revamped its mango farming, going for lower prices, higher quality and value, GAP standards and market-led production. To that end, the province has developed value-added products as well as a mango value chain.
The province has the largest acreage of mangoes in the Mekong Delta with more than 9,300 ha and an annual output of 90,000 tonnes. Cat Chu and Cat Hoa Loc are the major mango varieties,accounting for respectively 70 and 20 percent of the total mango area. Each year, Dong Thap earns about 1.5 trillion VND (US$ 66 million) from mangoes.
Vietnamplus reports how two cooperatives and 29 groups have been established. They provide mangoes for the following companies: Long Uyen Company, Injae Corporation of the Republic of Korea, Thuan Phong Co., Ltd, Good Life Co., Ltd and Viet Duc Food Technology Co., Ltd in an effort to develop the mango value chain.
Such cooperatives and groups have been assisted to get the GAP certificate, which allows them to export mango to the South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, China and Russia.