Huynh Van Quan, a farmer in Ben Tre's Chau Thanh district, has three hectares of green skin pomelo, earning over 1.2 billion VND a year (Photo: VNA)

Ben Tre, (VNA) – Green-skin pomelo, a speciality of the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre, has been granted a geographical indication (GI) certificate by the National Office of Intellectual Property (NOIP).  

According to Lam Van Tan, Director of the provincial Department of Science and Technology, the GI is applied to pomelo grown in islets in the districts of Chau Thanh, Binh Dai, Mo Cay Bac, Mo Cay Nam, Cho Lach and Ben Tre city.

The pomelo, which earned the name as its skin remains green even when it is ripe, is much sought after on the market due to its great taste. The fruit has thin skin, few seeds, and pinky flesh.  

Statistics of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development show Ben Tre currently has around 6,500 hectares of green skin pomelo, producing almost 100,000 tonnes a year.

The GI recognition is expected to help Ben Tre expand the market for the pomelo and raise income for local farmers.-VNA