Japan’s Nichirei Suco Vietnam on May 9 opened an acerola processing plant in Tien Giang province, which boasts the largest cultivation area of this fruit among Mekong Delta provinces.

Built at a total cost of 90 billion VND (4.2 million USD) 14 months ago, the plant now occupies 3,500 sq.m, making it possible to store nearly 130 tonnes of the fruit from the shrub, much more than its daily capacity.

Currently, over 1,200 local farming households are relying on 230ha of acerola for a living, mostly in Binh An, Binh Nghi and Tan Dong communes in Go Cong Dong district.

Their annual output is estimated at 4,000 – 5,000 tonnes, which is distributed across the nation and overseas.

Earlier, Nichirei Suco Vietnam invested some 6 billion VND (280,000 USD) in an acerola research centre in Binh Nghi commune. It has trained local growers in adopting effective techniques in hope that they are able to harvest better-quality crops.-VNA