Sweet potato growers in the Central Highlands are seeing prices for their goods doubling from last year to VND15,000–20,000 ($0.61-0.82) per kilogram. The reason: higher demand and a declining output.
One farmer in Kon Tum said last week he harvested 12 tons of Le Can sweet potato on one hectare, and, at VND18,000 per kilogram for type 1 quality and VND13,000 for type 2, made a profit of VND100 million. A trader who buys Central Highlands sweet potatoes, said when prices were VND8,000–10,000, farmers either made losses or low profits, but this year prices have doubled.
General Secretary of the Vietnam Fruit and Vegetable Association Dang Phuc Nguyen, said China's new quarantine requirement for Vietnamese sweet potatoes since late last year has driven up their prices as well.