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Vietnamese farmers succeed in growing exotic fruits

Several successful Vietnamese growers have grown various types of exotic fruits with a productivity and quality as high as imported fruits. This means that domestic consumers are now able to buy these products at lower prices than those of imported fruits.

After learning that Colombian passion fruits, which have a sweet taste and rich aroma, are sold for good money on the market, Nguyen Huu Cong, a farmer in Long Phung Commune in Long Phu District in Soc Trang Province, ordered a bag of 10 Colombian passion fruit seeds. After nine months of cultivation, passion fruit vines gave the first ripe fruit. Mr. Cong continued to grow another 12 passion fruit vines under another model which gives passion fruit vines more space to develop and bear more fruits.

“Unlike regular passion fruit variety, growing Colombian passion fruits requires extremely little care and little fertilizer. Growers only need to build frame for passion fruit vines to grow on then they will continuously bear fruits. The growing time of passion fruits is from three to four years. The only difficulty is that at the time passion fruits are nearly ripe, they are usually vulnerable to fungal diseases and fruit flies. Especially, in comparison with regular passion fruits, Colombian passion fruits can be eaten fresh with a sweet taste,” Cong shared.

According to¸ Thai red sweet corn Ruby Queen, which is well-known all around the world for many years, now has been successfully grown by Vietnamese farmers. Having harvested for five crops, Mr. Le Thanh Nam, a farmer in Tan An City in Long An Province, is growing 2,000 square meters of Thai red sweet corn. On average, he grows 6,000 seeds on an area of 1,000 square meters and will collect around 4,000 corns. At the present, the price of Ruby Queen sweet corns is quite stable as the seed trading company also ensures consumption of red sweet corn.

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