VOV.VN - The country shipped over 600,000 tonnes of mangoes valued at US$310 million to 53 countries and territories last year, an increase of approximately 50% from 2020.
According to figures given by Nguyen Dinh Tung, chairman of Vina T&T Group, which has been exporting mangoes since 2019, his company’s preservation technologies have allowed the fruit to be kept for around a month.
The free trade agreements signed by the nation has helped it enter many new markets.
Mangoes can be grown throughout the year without much change in their quality, a factor which helps his company easily get export orders.
The country has around 87,000 hectares specifically for mango growing, with the Mekong Delta accounting for nearly half of this space.
Dong Thap province in the delta region has identified the fruit as a key crop in its agricultural restructuring plan.
The largest mango producer in the delta makes use of advanced farming techniques and processes fresh mangoes for both domestic consumption and export.
Nguyen Thi Thu Huong, deputy head of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Plant Protection Department, said Japanese consumers were particularly fond of Dong Thap mangoes.
According to Pham Thien Nghia, chairman of the People's Committee, his province has more than 12,000ha under mango, with the majority of this area being located in Cao Lanh district and Cao Lanh city.
The Hoa Loc variety accounts for 70% of its output and Cat Chu for 20%, two specialty varieties that are in great demand.
Moving forward, Dong Thap plans to slightly increase its area under various fruits by 2025, with a specific focus on environment-friendly farming methods and developing value chains.
Furthermore, it is also destined to intensify origin tracing for fruits and tourism involving orchards.
It hopes to have 928ha of fruits grown to Vietnamese good agricultural practices (VietGAP) standards and 53ha to GlobalGAP standards.
Alongside mangoes, longan and citrus fruits also represent key produce which are grown in large, concentrated farming areas.
Under the details of the restructuring plan, many farmers with low-yield rice fields have switched to fruits and adopted VietGAP and GlobalGAP standards and advanced techniques in order to to produce quality fruits for exports.
Vietnam is therefore set to expand its total area under mango by 2030 and raise exports to US$650 million in order to effectively utilize growing global demand.