Vietnamese dragon fruit growers believe their sales can be improved if links to one of Vietnam’s largest markets, China, were strengthened.
Binh Thuan is one of the most concentrated dragon fruit growing areas in Vietnam, with over 30,000 hectares of land producing an annual output of more than 600,000 tons of dragon fruit, according to the province's department of agriculture and rural development.
According to Pham Thi Xinh, director of Nguyen Thuan Agricultural Product Import-Export Company in Binh Thuan, China has been a major export market for them. "Last month, our company bought dozens of tons of dragon fruits, on average, every day, which are mostly exported to China," she told Xinhua.
However, ordinary dragon fruit growers, selling their fruits to local traders who then sell the fruits to Chinese buyers, expect a more direct approach.
According to the Trade Promotion Agency under the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade, Vietnam has the largest dragon fruit-growing area in Asia, with its dragon fruits exported to a number of countries and regions, mainly China, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.