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2019/12/02

Price of dragon fruit falls dramatically

Dragon fruit prices in the central province of Binh Thuan, the country’s largest producer of the crop, are hitting rock bottom. The price of dragon fruit has fallen significantly to VND 6,000 - VND7,000 a kilogram causing heavy loss for farmers, the Dragon Association in Binh Thuan said yesterday.
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2019/12/02

Reporter's Diary: Former city boy wants to cash in on dragon fruit

"I have a love-hate relationship with the agricultural industry. On the one hand, it isn't easy for us to escape from the countryside, and eventually find stable work in the city. On the other hand, you get a huge sense of achievement when you see your plants bear fruit, and those fruits can help others… and my village's development."
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2019/11/25

Binh Thuan(Vietnam) grows more dragon fruit under GAP standards

The south-central province of Binh Thuan, the country’s largest dragon fruit producer, is expanding cultivation of dragon fruit under Vietnamese and global Good Agricultural Practices (VietGAP and GlobalGAP) standards. Such standards help farmers save on fertiliser and pesticide costs, and promote sustainable production.
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2019/11/25

China Employment: Ex-migrant worker aims big in dragon fruit farming

With a population of nearly 290 million at the end of 2018, migrant workers account for a large portion of China's employed individuals. Over time, many have decided to leave the big cities and head back to their hometowns for numerous reasons. Our reporter Wei Lynn Tang brings us one story from Meishan, Sichuan province. These dragon fruit trees are starting to bear fruits in southwest China's Sichuan province – after undergoing a variety of experiments, trials and errors since 2016. The man behind it – 32-year old Wang Chengqing, moved back to his hometown in Renshou County four years ago.
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2019/11/18

Long An Province seeks to expand use of advanced techniques to grow dragon fruit

The use of advanced farming techniques to grow dragon fruit in Long An Province, the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta’s largest producer, has been expanded in the province to ensure steady incomes for farmers.
 
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2019/11/18

New sweeter Dragon Fruit cultivars

Dragon fruit’s peculiar appearance and exotic name are enough to make anyone take a second look. But beyond novelty appeal, the fruit holds considerable promise for South African producers. Lindi Botha visited Howard Blight at his nursery near Tzaneen to learn about this remarkable crop.
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2019/11/11

Despite drought, then rain, fall tropicals show success

Despite extreme weather of combined heat, humidity and storms, tropical fruit from Homestead, Fla.-based Brooks Tropicals Inc. is expected to have a successful fall season.
“Star fruit’s stellar reputation as a ‘quickly disappearing garnish’ has cooks thinking the fruit deserves to be in the dish whether salad, veggie side or grilled entrée,” Ostlund said. “Passion fruit iced tea in many restaurants is sparking trial at home.”Dragon fruit is also being added to salads, she said.
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2019/11/04

Agriculture exporters must change approach for better access to Chinese market.

Last week, nearly 500 trucks filled with Vietnamese agricultural products were held up at the Tân Thanh-Pò Chài Border Gate in the border province of Lạng Sơn. Most of them were transporting dragon fruit from the Mekong Delta. Measures must be taken by Vietnamese companies to adapt to changes in China’s import regulations for agricultural products, business leaders and Government officials have said.

 
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2019/11/04

Vietnam and South Africa strengthen trade ties

Joint trade sub-committee meets in Hanoi, Vietnam with aims to improve bilateral economic and trade partnerships. The goal from the meeting was to encourage cooperation in trading of agricultural products, with Vietnam calling on South Africa to open its market to fresh produce including dragon fruit, lychee, longan, rambutan and star apple.
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