Luu Van Rang, owner of an mandarin orchard 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.” Prices, however, have been on the rise.
The district has harvested more than 30 percent of the red mandarins so far, according to the district’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Last month, traders from Ho Chi Minh City and other Delta provinces offered to purchase red mandarins for Tet in advance, at a price of VND 22,000-30,000 (US$ 1.00- 1.30) a kilo.
In recent years, many mandarin orchard owners in the district have turned their mandarin orchards into eco-tourism sites. A local farmer with a small orchard of red mandarin, sweet mandarin and orange trees in Long Hau Commune said he receives about 120-130 visitors a day.
The district has more than 840 ha of red mandarin, mostly in Long Hau, Tan Thanh and Tan Phu communes. According to english.vietnamnet.vn, the district expects to supply about 25,000 tonnes of red mandarin for the coming Tet, down nearly 10 tonnes against last Tet, because of bad weather.