The southern region is entering the peak harvest season for many fruits like durian, mango, rambutan, avocado, mangosteen, and jackfruit, but farmers are suffering from poor harvests. An avocado orchard in Ba Ria – Vung Tau Province’s Chau Duc District. — VNA/VNS Photo Hoang Nhi In Ben Tre and Tien Giang provinces in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta, which have large areas under durian, farmers have been plagued this season by drought and severe saltwater intrusion. In Ben Tre’s Chau Thanh District, the quality of durian has been affected significantly due to the shortage of water. Ha Chi Ngon, who has an 8,000sq.m orchard in the district’s Tan Phu Commune, said traders have been offering him VND8,000 (US$38 cent) per kilo, but he has refused to sell since it is too low. The price was VND48,000 – 50,000 ($2 – 2.1) at this time last year, he said. He earned an income of VND400 million ($17,200) last year but is likely to suffer severe losses this year because of the low prices, he said. Many farmers in Ben Tre growing high-value fruits like durian had to buy water to irrigate their orchards, but the fruit quality has still been affected…. Read full this story
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