A 4-million USD project funded by New Zealand will help Vietnamese farmers improve their incomes from the growing of new varieties of high-quality fruit trees.

The purpose of the project was underlined by New Zealand Ambassador to Vietnam Haike Manning at the project launching ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City on August 7.

The project will look to creating a new breed of dragon fruit and developing a model of production, post-harvest and commercialisation of the fruit that can be multiplied for other kinds of fruits.

The New Zealand Aid programme-sponsored project will be jointly implemented in five years by the New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research in collaboration with the Southern Fruit Research Institute and its sub-institute on agricultural engineering and post-harvest technology.

During the freshly-finished visit to Vietnam, New Zealand Governor General Jerry Mateparae said New Zealand hopes to continue cooperation with Vietnam in various fields, especially in the field of agriculture.-VNA