Each kilogram of red dragon fruit is priced at 38,000 VND, and white dragon fruit at 25,000 VND, which is three times more than the same period last year.
In Cho Gao district (Tien Giang province), the price of red dragon fruit type 1 is 38,000 VND per kg, type 2 is 28,000-32,000 VND, and type 3 is between 23,000-25,000 VND. The prices have increased by 10% compared to before the Tet holiday and are three times higher than in the same period last year.
Mrs. Nguyen Thi Hanh, in Cho Gau district, said that her family has just sold five tonnes of dragon fruit at the price of 32,000 VND per kg. After deducting the costs, her family got a profit of 110 million VND.
Dragon fruit in Binh Thuan.
Similarly, in Binh Thuan, the price of white dragon fruit is about 18,000-25,000 VND per kg, which is also three times higher than in the same period of 2022.
The leader of Thuan Tien Cooperative (Ham Thuan Bac), said that at this price, farmers have high profits, but the output in the off-season is low, so the revenue is low.
He added that China is the main export market of Vietnam, accounting for 90% of dragon fruit export turnover. When China opens its doors, the trade between the two countries is favorable that helps the price increase. On the other hand, December 2022 to February 2023 is off-season time, the low supply to the market and the sudden increase in import demand will push the prices to go up.
According to the Binh Thuan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, export activities through the border gate between Vietnam and China have been cleared. Since there is no more congestion, dragon fruit is consumed quickly. The main crop is coming, if the price is maintained at over 15,000 VND per kg, farmers will have a bumper crop.
“We have been preparing plans to connect dragon fruit with other regions as well as guide enterprises to export to China,” Mr. Mai Kieu, Director of Binh Thuan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said at a conference in early February.
Earlier, China’s General Administration of Customs announced that from January 8, this country will remove all nucleic acid testing measures for Covid-19 prevention at border gates for imported goods, including frozen goods. At the same time, China will open its borders and completely remove quarantine measures against the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, China’s opening is an opportunity for Vietnamese agricultural product exports, especially fruits. However, this country is increasingly improving the quality inspection of goods and planting area code so localities should support businesses and farmers to comply with the regulations to facilitate exports./.