The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has worked together with the People's Committee of Tien Giang Province in the Mekong Delta, organising a workshop on ‘Mechanization in fruit production’. The aim of the workshop is to remove difficulties and obstacles, share experiences in promoting fruit production, towards efficient and sustainable agriculture.
Fruit and vegetable harvest mechanization has several potential advantages such as reducing harvest costs, eliminating problems associated with finding good quality harvest labor, permitting longer harvesting days and reducing exposure of harvest to human bacteria.
Dr. Vo Huu Thoai, deputy director of the Southern Fruit Tree Institute, spoke at the workshop, explaining that a number of technological and technical solutions should be integrated into the mechanization of fruit production including quality seedlings, planning, and design of specialized gardens, on scientific intensive farming techniques in fruit production.
He suggested that in order to apply synchronous and effective technology in fruit production in the Mekong Delta, it is necessary to plan a concentrated fruit-growing area for the development of a specialized farming area convenient for mechanization, select, maintain and operate equipment and machinery suitable to the size of each fruit orchard and intensive farming according to VietGAP or GlobalGAP criteria.