Prov­inces urged to ex­pand av­o­cado farm­ing

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HCM CITY — Pro­vin­cial au­thor­i­ties in the Cen­tral High­lands should en­cour­age farm­ers to grow av­o­cado around the year, the Western High­lands Agri­cul­ture and Forestry Sci­ence In­sti­tute has said.

Ac­cord­ing to the Ñaék Noâng Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment, the prov­ince has 2,583ha of land un­der the fruit, and pro­duc­tion has surged from 4,253 tonnes last year to 11,164 tonnes this year.

The fruit is mostly con­sumed fresh, with 80 per cent sold in the lo­cal mar­ket.

Ñaék Laék Prov­ince has 4,308ha un­der av­o­cado, with the fruit not only sold in the lo­cal mar­ket but also ex­ported to Cam­bo­dia, Thai­land, China, the Nether­lands, and France.

Un­der a pro­ject to re­struc­ture the prov­ince’s agri­cul­ture, the area un­der av­o­cado cul­ti­va­tion will be re­duced to 4,000ha with ad­vanced farm­ing tech­nol­ogy used on 1,000ha by 2020, ris­ing to 6,000ha and 3,000ha in a decade.

Fig­ures from the Laâm Ñoàng Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment show the prov­ince has 3,773ha un­der av­o­cado cul­ti­va­tion.

It also has 35 seedling farms which can pro­duce 323,500 av­o­cado saplings a year, ac­cord­ing to the Western High­lands Agri­cul­ture and Forestry Sci­ence In­sti­tute (WASI).

Ac­cord­ing to the WASI, av­o­cado can only grow in cer­tain ar­eas with suit­able soil conditions such as Mex­ico, In­done­sia, Cen­tral Amer­ica, and the Cen­tral High­lands of Vieät Nam.

This means Viet­namese av­o­cado grow­ers have an op­por­tu­nity to ex­pand their mar­kets.

However, in Vieät Nam farm­ers have a habit of har­vest­ing the fruits be­fore they ripen and sell them through traders, which causes their prices to be volatile.

WASI said the ex­port of av­o­cado had also been dif­fi­cult be­cause of the lack of close ties be­tween pro­duc­tion, preser­va­tion and pro­cess­ing, and the slow adop­tion of pro­cess­ing tech­nolo­gies.

Rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties in av­o­cado grow­ing ar­eas should seek to add value to the fruits by en­cour­ag­ing the use of ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies to process them into oil, flour, cream, and cos­met­ics, it said.

It also called on them to in­tro­duce av­o­cado va­ri­eties with high yields that fruit around the year.

Prov­inces with soil suit­able for av­o­cado should es­tab­lish spe­cific zones which can pro­duce var­i­ous kinds of av­o­cado for the lo­cal mar­ket and for ex­ports, it said.

Ad­vanced farm­ing tech­nolo­gies should be used to pro­duce high-qual­ity fruits, it added. — VNS

Har­vest­ing av­o­cado in the Cen­tral High­lands prov­ince of Ñaék Noâng. — VNS File Photo

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