Caø Mau dried-ba­nana vil­lage in­creases pro­duc­tion for Teát

Viet Nam News - - FEA­TURES -

CAØ MAU — A fa­mous dried-ba­nana vil­lage in Traàn Hôïi Com­mune in Caø Mau Prov­ince is now en­ter­ing its peak pro­duc­tion sea­son for Teát (Lu­nar New Year), which falls on Fe­bru­ary 5 this year.

The vil­lage, which has been pro­duc­ing dried ba­nanas for more than 60 years, is in­creas­ing pro­duc­tion by 30 -50 per cent com­pared to nor­mal days.

Hoà Kim Haïnh, who has made dried ba­nanas in Traàn Hôïi’s Ham­let 10C for more than 30 years, said she would pro­duce 2 -3 tonnes a day near Teát to meet the de­mand of her whole­sale pur­chasers.

She nor­mally pro­duces about 20 tonnes of dried ba­nanas a month and hires 15 – 20 work­ers. “My job pro­vides a high in­come for many house­holds,” she said.

Dried-ba­nana prod­ucts in­clude whole ba­nanas that have been peeled or round-shaped ba­nana pieces. They are dried nat­u­rally un­der the sun or by dry­ers.

Pro­duc­ers who dry ba­nanas by sun­light usu­ally make the prod­ucts in the dry sea­son be­tween lu­nar Sep­tem­ber and March. The rainy sea­son in the prov­ince ends early, cre­at­ing favourable weather for dry­ing un­der the sun.

The price of ripe ba­nanas has been lower than the 2017 price, but the price of dried ba­nanas has been in­creas­ing, so prof­its are ex­pected to rise, ac­cord­ing to pro­duc­ers.

The price of ba­nanas dried un­der the sun is VNÑ12,000 (US$0.5) a kilo while dried ba­nanas pro­duced with dry­ers cost VNÑ18,000 – 20,000 ($0.7-0.8) a kilo.

The vil­lage’s dried ba­nanas are mostly sold in Mekong Delta prov­inces and HCM City.

Dried ba­nanas pro­duc­ers in the vil­lage lo­cated in Traàn Vaên Thôøi District also buy fresh ba­nanas in the prov­ince’s other dis­tricts to meet pro­duc­tion de­mand.

Traàn Vaên Hoaøng of Traàn Hôïi’s Ham­let 10B makes 15 tonnes of dried ba­nanas a month near Teát com­pared to his usu­ally 10 tonnes a month.

He uses a dryer which pro­duces ba­nanas that have higher qual­ity and are bet­ter look­ing than sun-dried ba­nanas.

Brand name

Last year, the Traàn Hôïi dried ba­nana was granted a col­lec­tive brand name by the Na­tional Of­fice of In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty.

Nguyeãn Vaên Ñoaøn, deputy chair­man of Traàn Hôïi Com­mune Peo­ple’s Com­mit­tee, said to main­tain the col­lec­tive brand name, the com­mune would de­velop co-op­er­a­tives to strengthen link­ages among dried ba­nana pro­duc­ers and pro­duce qual­ity dried ba­nanas.

The com­mune has more than 80 house­holds mak­ing dried ba­nanas.

Work­ers at dried ba­nana es­tab­lish­ments earn an av­er­age in­come of VNÑ4 - 6 mil­lion ($172 - 258) a month, ac­cord­ing to the Traàn Hôïi Farm­ers As­so­ci­a­tion. — VNS

Baoan­hdat­ Teát

Pro­duc­ers in Traàn Hôïi Com­mune dried-ba­nana vil­lage in Caø Mau Prov­ince en­ter the peak pro­duc­tion sea­son for (Lu­nar New Year) fes­ti­val. — Photo

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