Nguyen The Bao, director of the Suoi Lon cooperative in Xuan Hung commune, Xuan Loc district is checking mangoes. (Source: Tuoitre)

Japanese experts have trained agricultural staff in the southern province of Dong Nai in a bid to raise the quality of mangoes for export to Japan.

The course, jointly conducted by the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Japanese AIC JSC, aimed to enhance the capability of local staff in the sector, said Director of the department Pham Minh Dao.

The staff members, hailing from the Centre for Agriculture Encouragement, the Department of Plant Protection and the district Offices of Agriculture and Rural Development across the province, were trained on mango growing and caring techniques including introductions to Japanese advanced technologies to preserve mangoes for export.

Mango trees, one of the key local plants, have been grown on more than 8,000 hectares, mainly in Dinh Quan, Xuan Loc and Vinh Cuu districts.

The province has encouraged local farmers to apply the Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) standards in growing mango trees.

It has worked with a number of local cooperatives and clubs to develop national brand names for five fruits, including mango.

Mango products from Xuan Hung commune, Xuan Loc district have been certified to meet VietGap standards.

The Dinh Quan cooperative, which manages more than 220 hectares of mango trees, is working with relevant bodies to meet VietGap standards, according to Trinh Dinh Quang, Head of the cooperative.

Vietnam and Japan have recently agreed to allow the presence of Vietnamese mangoes in the Japanese market, said Dao, adding that this will open up opportunities for mangoes from Dong Nai to enter other international markets.-VNA