Four pomelo planting areas in Ba Ria-Vung Tau have been licensed to export their fruit to the US. The provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development granted the privilege to the Kim Long organic pomelo farm in Chau Duc district, the Hoang Long pomelo farm, and two orchards owned by Truong Van Ut and Ho Hoang Kha, all in Phu My township. These areas have a total acreage of 68 hectares.
Ba Ria-Vung Tau is currently home to 1,163 hectares under pomelo with total output estimated at 4,500 tons a year. Most concentrated pomelo cultivation areas are in Chau Duc district and Phu My township, with green-skin pomelo being the main variety.
Since the beginning of this year, the local agricultural sector has paid attention to encouraging and guiding farmers in following safe and organic cultivation standards. As a result, the quality of pomelo grown in the province, from the fruit’s appearance to taste, has improved remarkably, meeting standards of markets with high requirements such as the US and the European Union.
After more than five years of negotiations, the US Department of Agriculture has officially licensed the import of fresh pomelo from Vietnam earlier this year.