Vietnam’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Nguyen Xuan Cuong, yesterday said that his nation is not too concerned about China’s plans to expand their own dragon fruit growing acreage to 30,000 hectares by 2020. The areas used for dragon fruit in the provinces of Hainan and Guangxi have reached 20,000 hectares already and China plans to expand it to 30,000 hectares by 2020.
According to Cuong, Vietnam has grown dragon fruits according to advantages in natural conditions. Sunshine and sand in Binh Thuan province make dragon fruits sweeter than in other places. However, he still asked farmers and businesses to change their production, management methods and increase processing.
Binh Thuan province has 27,000 hectares of dragon fruits without any processing plants. Cuong emphasized the need for building a processing plant to increase added value for the fruit. In addition, he urged trade promotion to expand market, promote official exports, gradually limit and abolish cross-border export.
Cuong rejected information that dragon fruit prices have drastically dropped in the southern and central regions of Vietnam because China has stopped buying. He affirmed that the ministry had required Plant Protection Department to verify the information at northern border gates. The department’s delegation arrived at the border gates and found trading and export activities progress normally.