A VND42 billion (US$1.82 million) vegetable and fruit processing factory was put into operation in Vung Lai commune, Muong Khuong district of the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai on April 7.
Invested by the Asia Food Company, the facility has an annual capacity of processing 4,600 tonnes of pine apple, 800 tonnes of banana, 1,000 tonnes of maize, 1,600 tonnes of concentrated pine apple juice, and 250 tonnes of vegetables and fruit.
The products will be exported to the Asian, European and American markets, and serve domestic consumption.
It will create jobs for 500 seasonal and 200 regular labourers.
Currently, the factory has committed to buying all farm produce of Muong Khuong farmers, while supporting them in fertilizers and farming techniques.
Muong Khuong district is an agricultural hub of Lao Cai with nearly 8,000 hectares of crops.