Vietnam’s province of Tien Giang is the country's largest fruit producer. It is currently expanding its dragon fruit growing area as part of its agricultural restructuring and climate-change adaptation plans. Tien Giang has nearly 10,000ha of dragon fruit. Dragon fruit, one of the province’s key specialty fruits, has competitive advantages and can adapt to climate change.
Ngo Huu Tue, secretary of the Cho Gao District Party Committee, said to improve quality and competitiveness at home and abroad, the district has encouraged farmers to grow the fruit under Vietnamese good agricultural practices (VietGAP) standards.
In 2020, the province granted VietGAP certificates for 1,118ha of dragon fruit in the district, taking the district’s total VietGAP dragon fruit area to 2,180ha, up 9.2 percent of the target set for last year. Many rice farmers in the district have switched to growing GAP-standard dragon fruit and have joined agricultural co-operatives to secure outlets for their produce.
The district will provide VietGAP standard farming techniques to about 1,800 farmers this year, and strengthen linkages between farmers and buyers. The district has nearly 9,400ha of various types of fruits, including dragon fruit, and green-skin and pink-flesh grapefruit.