Farmers package rambutan (Photo: VNA)

Dong Nai (VNA)
– Binh Loc Cooperative in Binh Loc commnue, Long Khanh town, the southern province of Dong Nai has exported 2 tonnes of dried rambutan to France, opening up a new development trend for the rambutan growing sector in the locality.

According to Phung Thanh Tam, Chairman of the cooperative, the fresh Java rambutan grown to VietGap standard were purchased by a French partner with a price of 5,500 VND per kilogramme, higher than the domestic maximum price of 4,000 VND.

He said that the French side, who was satisfied with the quality of the batch, took samples of soil and water in the locality for testing as part of its plan to support Binh Loc in expanding rambutan areas meeting the GlobalGap standard for the French market from 2016.

Currently, Binh Loc has the largest rambutan area in Dong Nai with over 1,200 hectares. Of the total, 12 hectares are cultivated to the VietGap standard, including 6 hectares of Java rambutan.

Once receiving assistance from the French partner, the cooperative will develop Java rambutan fields with high quality and productivity towards GlobalGap standard.

Dong Nai has total 11,000 hectares of rambutan. In early this year, the province started building geographical indications for over 6,700 hectares.-VNA