Saturday, April 17, 2010

Heat wave leads to bumper kumquat harvest in Ben Tre

Vietnam News

BEN TRE — The prolonged hot weather has helped farmers in Ben Tre Province reap a bumper harvest of kumquat fruits for export.

Farmers in the province said the fruit was being exported to many regional countries including Laos, Thailand and Cambodia.

The hot weather has created favourable conditions for large quantities of kumquat in the districts of Mo Cay Bac, Mo Cay Nam, Chau Thanh and Cho Lach.

Traders are buying the fruit from farmers for VND6,000-8,000 per kilo, double last year's prices. At local markets, kumquats are being sold at VND9,000-10,000 per kilo and at VND15,000-17,000 per kilo for the best quality, an increase of VND3,000-4,000 per kilo over last year.

Kumquat farmers in the province say they have been able to earn profits of more than VND200 million (US$11,000) from each hectare. — VNS

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