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Long Thanh district builds a mangosteen-planting model meeting VietGAP Update: 13-06-2019
After nearly 2 years’ implementation of this project and thanks to a strict obedience of the production processes and techniques according to VietGAP standards, the mangosteen products of 9 households joining in this project in Binh Son and Binh An communes in Long Thanh district have been certified to meet VietGAP standard on an area of ​​10 hectares.


Thanks to a VietGAP production process, the production and quality of mangosteens within the project area has been improved

Great potential but low economic efficiency

Along some other localities in the province, Long Thanh is a district with a pretty large ​​mangosteen-planting area of more than 100 hectares, which are mainly in Binh Son and Binh An communes. According to local statistics, the average yield of mangosteen here is about 5.2 tons per ha and the annual output reaches 377.6 tons per year. However, small mangosteen orchards are mainly scattered with an average yield of only 0.38 hectares with most of the area is cultivated in intercropping form (accounting for 77.65%).

In particular, due to the fact that growing mangosteens has great potential but farming techniques are poor and have not met requirements for cleanliness and safety, which results in a not high economic efficiency of mangosteens. The surveys from the project show that up to 68.42% of households have used unsuitable fertilizers according to the principle of using safe fertilizers and nearly 11% of farming households have not focused on preventing pests and diseases but they mainly prevent pests by spraying pesticides, which poses many potential risks of food insecurity and so on.

“The current trend is that consumers not only choose good products but those that ensure safety standards and traceability. Therefore, Long Thanh district has selected the project of applying scientific and technological advances to build a mangosteen-planting model that meets VietGAP to increase production and quality in Binh Son and Binh An communes and this is in accordance with the orientation of agricultural development towards cleanliness and safety”, said engineer Tran Minh Duc, Deputy Head of Economic Division of Long Thanh district.

Production according to VietGAP standards

The project of applying scientific and technological advances to build a mangosteen-planting model to increase production and quality and to obtain VietGAP certificate in Binh Son and Binh An communes, Long Thanh district, Dong Nai province by Dong Nai Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the People’s Committee of Long Thanh district, and the Southeastern Region Fruit Trees Research Center and this model was carried from March 2017 to February 2019. The project’s goal is to improve quality, production and efficiency to contribute to improving the income of local mangosteen growers.

After nearly 2 years’ implementation of the project, 9 mangosteen-growing households that have joined in won VietGAP certificates.

According to the households who grow mangosteens under the project taking part in a VietGAP production process and receiving assistance from technical officials and getting trained regularly farmers’ awareness of production towards cleanliness and safety has been improved much, thereby helping to increase both production and quality of their mangosteen orchards.

As 1 out of 9 households participating in the project, Mr. Trieu Van Hai, living in Bau Tre hamlet, Binh An commune, Long Thanh district said, the orchard owners getting involved in this project are instructed how to keep a production diary for traceability in addition to being given instructions on the production and how to use chemicals and fertilizers in a safe way according to VietGAP standards.

After nearly 2 years of implementation, thanks to a strict obedience of the production processes and techniques according to VietGAP standards, the mangosteen products of 9 households joining in this project on an area of ​​10 hectares in Binh Son and Binh An communes in Long Thanh district have been certified to meet VietGAP standards by FCC in Ho Chi Minh City.

The production of the key mangosteen-growing models increases by over 33% compared with the control model; the rate of spoilt fruits is quite low at 9.5% compared to over 38% of control orchards and the rate of fruits suffering from other diseases is quite low at 11.4% compared to 39.5% of control orchards. In particular, the profit earned from the key models compared to the control model has increased by over 71%.

“Through the project, 10 technical officials that have applied mangosteen-growing models according to VietGAP standards have got trained and would be able to become the core members who grasp knowledge and carry out the production model according to a local VietGAP process. In addition, 160 orchard owners in Binh Son and Binh An communes have been trained and given technical guidelines for production according to VietGAP standards.

At the present time, the application for registration of commodity labels with the brand  name of Long Thanh mangosteens has also been built by the project and then sent to the National Department of Intellectual Property for certification, said Master Nguyen An De, Head of Science Management and Technology Transfer Department at the Southeastern Region Fruit Trees Center.

Duy Minh (Le Van)

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