The Mekong Delta provinces of Tien Giang, Ben Tre, Dong Thap, Vinh Long, Hau Giang and Can Tho have 20,000 hectares more of speciality fruit trees than they did three years ago, according to the Southern Horticultural Research Institute.

Speciality fruit trees in the Mekong Delta have increased to 83,000 hectares, accounting for 29 percent of its fruit tree area.

The increase of speciality fruit trees aims to produce safe and high quality fruit on a large scale to meet market demand and improve export competitiveness.

Local farmers have been provided with handbooks and training courses on growing fruit trees in line with Viet GAP and Global GAP standards in order to ensure productivity, reduce costs and protect the environment.

This year, the Mekong Delta region has exported over 160,000 tonnes of speciality fruit to the US , Japan , China and the Republic of Korea.-VNA