The southern province of Dong Nai has signed a number of juicy contracts to ship its farm produce, especially fruit specialties, to foreign markets.

This has opened up numerous opportunities for local businesses and farmers to enhance their export turnover and enter more potential overseas outlets as long as the beneficiaries can maintain their cultivation in large areas.

Head of the Suoi Lon mango cooperative in Xuan Hung commune, Xuan Loc district Nguyen The Bao, said at the beginning of this year, his cooperative signed a contract to export mangoes to Ukraine at prices double that of domestic markets.

Apart from the major importers of Ukraine and other European countries, Dubai is expected to order this fruit – which is grown on an area of nearly 10,900 ha. The average mango output is estimated at 10 tonnes per ha per year. Some cooperatives can double this figure thanks to new farming techniques, said the local Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Meanwhile, the Xuan Thanh agricultural services cooperative in Long Khanh town has agreed to supply unlimited amounts of durian and rambutan to Japan’s Aeon supermarket chain in 2014 under a long-term deal with the Japanese side, said head of the cooperative Pham Phu Quoc.

In another deal, the local Long Khanh Fruit Co., Ltd. will ship jackfruit to China , about five tonnes per week, revealed Director Huynh Van Hai.

Chairman of Vinh Cuu district People’s Committee Nguyen Huu Ly said provincial authorities have allowed the Tan Lam Breeding and Forestry Co., Ltd. in Bien Hoa city to invest in a South America-originated bananas growing project in the district, which is scheduled to be carried out on an area of 108 ha within 30 years and export to Japan and China, worth 1,100 USD per tonne.

Many businesses from the US , Japan and the EU plan to import fruits from Dong Nai with prices 1.5-2 times that of domestic markets, conditioned that the products must have Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) certificates and maintain their quality during transportation.

To meet these requirements, local authorities have shaped up large-scale areas specialising in growing such key local products as pepper, coffee, durian, grapefruit and mango.

They have also built and realised a number of programmes promoting the trade names of the aforesaid products between 2011 and 2015, Director of the local Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Pham Minh Dao said.

According to the department, producers fetched 219 million USD in the first quarter of 2014 from exports, up 37 percent against the same period last year, with cassava, vegetables and coffee topping the list.-VNA