A farmer harvests dragon fruit in the south-central province of Binh Thuan (Photo: VNA)

Binh Thuan (VNA) - The Binh Thuan Province Alliance of Dragon Fruit Production, Processing and Export Cooperatives has exported a consignment of more than 163 tonnes of dragon fruit to the UAE.

Vo Nhu Trieu, CEO of the alliance, said on March 19 the fruit had been grown to Vietnamese Good Agricultural Practice (VietGAP) standards.

They were sold at 25,000 VND (1.1 USD) per kilogramme.

The alliance seeks to expand dragon fruit exports to the UAE, a promising market, by improving quality, Trieu said.

Binh Thuan’s dragon fruit is exported to 20 countries and territories, including exacting markets like the US and Europe.

The south-central province, the country’s largest dragon fruit producer, has around 26,500ha under the fruit, which yield 500,000 tonnes a year.

Around 10,000ha are farmed to VietGAP standards.-VNA