Farmer delighted as fresh betel-nut surges

Betel-nut farmers in the central provinces are delighted as price of betel-nut surges to VND27,000 – VND30,000 ($1.15- $1.28), VND10,000 higher than early in 2017.

Farmers are harvesting betel-nut in thousands of hectares of land. Local kilns in Quang Ngai, Quang Nam and Thua Thien – Hue provinces where have seen bumper betel-nut yield are working at their full capacity to deliver products to traders for exports to China.
Averagely, each kiln buys 3,4 ton fresh betel-nuts a day to dry for export; accordingly, rural laborers are employed.
Head of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Pham Tan Son in Nam Dong District of Thua Thien – Hue said that price of betel-nut is VND30,000 a kilogram including branches and fruits.
A tree produces 20 – 25 kilogram and 1,400 trees are grown in one-hectare land.
Residents earn good profit to improve their living. Farmers are given training in preventing diseases in the trees by the agriculture sector.
Additionally, the local Agriculture and Rural Department encouraged farmers to chop down sick trees and expand the consumer market.

By VAN THANG - Translated by UYEN PHUONG

Other news