The Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang is undertaking a number of programmes to help local farmers improve the quality of their fruit varieties to raise their incomes.

The move is part of the Quality and Safety Enhancement of Agricultural Products and Biogas Development (QSEAP) project funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) during the 2010-2015 period.

Last year, Tien Giang province spent over 5.8 billion VND (272,600 USD) helping farmers plant more than 5.5 million Queen pineapples and nearly 17,000 dragon fruits that are productive and of high quality.

The locality boasts an area of over 70,000 hectares for fruit cultivation, the largest orchard acreage in the delta, producing nearly one million tonnes of various fruits, including special ones such as Hoa Loc mango, Tan Lap pineapple, Vinh Kim star apple, Ngu Hiep durian and Co Co grapefruit.-VNA