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Vietnam exports 190 tonnes of dragon fruit to China on first lunar day

February 13, 2021 | 08:27

The first shipment of Vietnamese dragion fruit to China in the Lunar New Year was valued at VND2.8 billion (US$121,512).

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Compared to rice, dragon fruit was very profitable, and farmers have massively increased the area of the fruit. Photo: tieudung

Dozens of trucks carrying 190 tonnes of dragon fruit passed through customs at the Kim Thanh II International Border Gate in the northern border of Lao Cai and headed towards China on February 12 - the first lunar day.

The shipment, the first exported to China in the Lunar New Year, was valued at VND2.8 billion (US$121,512). It departed from the Mekong Delta province of Long An, with strict implementation of COVID-19 preventive measures, according to the Lao Cai Border Gate Customs Sub-Department.

In 2020, the Kim Thanh International Border Gate handled $1.15 billion worth of goods, including $606 million in export revenue, with dragon fruit making up $337 million USD.

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In 2020, the Kim Thanh International Border Gate handled $1.15 billion worth of goods, including $606 million in export revenue, with dragon fruit making up $337 million USD. Photo: VNA

Compared to rice, dragon fruit was very profitable, and farmers have massively increased the area of the fruit.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the area stands at about 57,000 hectares and the output exceeds 500,000 tonnes, both 20 times up from a decade ago.

To increase the value of the fruit, achieving excellence at every step in the value chain is critical to the long-term commercial success of premium fruits, experts said./.

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