HCM City (VNS) reports that Mekong Delta fruit prices drop as harvest peaks and when supplies go skyrocketing high. Cat Chu mango, a speciality of Dong Thap Province is sold at the orchard for VND2,000-4,000 a kilogramme, down by around VND10,000 (US$0.4) since the beginning of this year. Huynh Van Tan of Cao Lanh, Dong Thap's capital said, "The price of Cat Chu mango is too low and many orchard have stopped harvesting their ripened mangoes."
Traders blamed the price decline also on competition from fruits arriving from the south-eastern region and Thailand. In markets around the delta, fruits like mango, dragon fruit, rambutan, watermelon, and Nam Roi grapefruit are being sold cheap.
In Vinh Long Province and neighbouring Can Tho City, rambutan retails at VND5,000-7,000 per kilogramme compared to VND15,000-20,000 ($0.7-0.9) at the beginning of the previous month. Dragon fruit is sold on road side in Can Tho at VND3,000-4,000. In Tra Vinh and Soc Trang provinces, the prices of mangosteen has plunged fromVD30,000 ($1.4) a month ago to VND22,000-25,000. The list goes on and on.
Bui Thanh Liem, head of the Cho Lach District Agriculture and Rural Development Bureau in Ben Tre, said many farmers have used ripening techniques so that they can harvest their fruits during the Doan Ngo Festival, one of the country's most popular traditional festivals, which fell on June 12, the fifth day of the fifth lunar month. This has caused a glut, he said.
In HCM City, unusually large quantity of fruits like king orange, guava, sour sop, mangosteen, mango, and rambutan from the delta are being sold. More than 1,500 tonnes of various kinds of fruits are transported daily to the Tam Binh Wholesale Agriculture Market in the city's Thu Duc District, according to the market management board. But even amid the glut, the prices remain stubbornly high, according to the traders. Green-peel and pink-flesh grapefruits grown in Ben Tre Province are now being bought by traders at VND60,000 ($2.8), VND26,000 ($1.2) higer than a year ago. The supply of the grapefruit cannot meet demand since output has declined because of diseases, according to traders.
Grapefruit looks like orange when ripen but taste much more sour.
The Ben Tre-based Huong Mien Tay Company, a fruit distributor, can only buy 10 tonnes of the grapefruit daily compared to 30-40 tonnes early this year. The company sells 90% of its purchases to the north and 10% to HCM City. It said it had to reject orders from Germany and Canada because the supply cannot even meet domestic demand. - VNS
Ah, King of fruits, lots of them.
Don't get hurt falling on them.
Good craftsmanship out of a pomelo fruit.
Busy floating market of fruits scene.
Bumper harvest, how not to be happy!
Best mean of transporting fruits,
cheap, good and efficient-by boat.
Yellow-coloured water melons? No, those are not water melons.
Now just focus on the sliced water melon she's holding.
Where are you staring at?
When Malaysian farmers began to grow guava on a large scale,
they had chosen the Vietnamese variety for a start.
Banana carried by tri-cycle on the way for delivery,
in the middle of a rainfall season.
Exclusively elegant dragon fruits sold by the road
side so as to avoid the exploitation
of middle traders.
Bountiful harvest of dragon fruits.
Pomelos waiting to be harvested.
Wonder how the humid and generally hot weather of Vietnam
could favour the planting of these few varieties of grapes?
Rambutan and mangosteen are synonymous with Malaysian fruits.
No, Malaysia don't grow apples that much with our
equatorial location and tropical weather condition.
Wow! so enticing, the sweet lychees, hanging from the branches awaiting harvest.
Old grandma harvesting coconuts.
In Malaysia, monkeys will do the job.
Of course in a much smaller scale.
Harvest time seems like a family outing.
These are the subtropical, or temperate fruits that usually will not thrive in Malaysia. However the highlands of northern Vietnam has got our envies to have the fruits grown in abundance.
What fruits Malaysia has, Vietnam has it all.
What fruits Vietnam has, Malaysia may not have.
Mobile floats with pretty girls adorned the Doan Ngo fruit Festivals.
BếN THàNH MARKET,
Ho Chi Minh City.
Many thanks to Alex Chin for sharing.
Alan CY Kok