Delta farmers hope for prosperous Tet

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In Tan Thanh, Tan Phuoc and Long Hau Communes, Dong Thap Province’s main mandarin-growing areas, traders are competing with each other to buy the fruit on the trees.

VietNamNet Bridge - As Tet draws close, farmers in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta are preparing to harvest fruits and vegetables, hoping to cash in on rising festive season demand.

Tran Van Ut, a mandarin farmer in Long Hau, said: "The price of mandarin orange has increased by VND3,000-5,000 a piece this year though the New Year is still a month away." Tet falls on February 14 this year.

Top quality mandarin fetches up to VND13,000 while second grade fruits go for VND9,000 to VND11,000.

At these prices, Ut said he would make a profit of around VND80 million (US$4,331) per 1,000sq.m.

Traders are also rushing to An Giang Province’s Cho Moi District to buy cu kieu (scallion heads), onion and shallot.

The price of cu kieu is up 30 per cent year on year.

The Cho Moi District People’s Committee says farmers make an annual profit of VND200 million - 300 million ($10,828-$16,243) per hectare by growing vegetables, many times more than that from other crops.

Visitors to Ca Mau’s Tran Van Thoi District can see tray after tray of bananas that have been peeled and pressed and are being dried in the sun.

Delicious chuoi kho (dried banana) is very popular in the Mekong Delta, and demand for dried banana-based candies shoots up during Tet.

Le Thi Phuong of Tran Van Thoi District said: "My family has made dried banana for more than 10 years, earning VND18-20 million each Tet."

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