The Dai Duc Cooperative in the southern province of Tra Vinh has won a contract to export 30 tonnes of red flesh dragon fruit to the US in 2014.

The fruit will be exported at the price of 30,000-35,000 VND (1.4-1.6 USD) per kg, 8,000 VND (0.35 USD) more than the average domestic price.

To maintain and expand export markets and raise the economic value of the fruit, the Tra Vinh Gardening Association and the provincial Department of Science and Technology (DST) are instructing the cooperative to apply VietGap cultivation standards.

Tra Vinh province has 63 ha designed for red flesh dragon fruit, grown mainly in Duc My commune.-VNA