Vietnams province of Dong Thap plans to increase the area under fruit cultivation to more than 35,000ha by 2025, focusing on environmentally friendly farming methods and developing value chains for fruits. There are plans in place as well to enhance the means of origin tracing for the fruits and tourism services involving orchards in the period.
Regional officials hope to have 928 ha of orchards adopting Vietnamese good agricultural practices (VietGAP) standards and 53 ha grown to GlobalGAP standards. According to its Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the province has more than 33,000ha of orchards that will produce more than 377,000 tonnes of fruits this year, up 43 percent in area and 45.9 percent in output from 2015. Mango, longan and citrus fruits are the key fruits and are grown in large, concentrated farming areas.
Under the province’s agriculture restructuring plan, many farmers with low-yield rice fields have switched to fruits and adopted VietGAP and GlobalGAP standards and advanced techniques to produce quality fruits that are also exported.