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Extending the shelf life of dragon fruit Vietnam

Dragon fruit is an important economic driver for certain areas in Vietnam, such as the Binh Thuan and Long An. Dragon fruit has a big potential to be exported to ‘far away markets' as Europe, Japan and United States. However, the limited shelf life of dragon fruit is a major constrain to enter these markets. Dutch and Vietnamese partners join forces to improve the position of the dragon fruit farmers.


Viet Nam Farmer’s Union VNFU wants to strengthen the livelihood of farmers who are growing dragon fruit.  A team consisting of MCNV, Bureau Leeters and Land Water Food Consult is willing to support VNFU to establish a comprehensive, multi annual program to improve the quality of dragon fruit (also called Pitahaya). First steps are taken to acquire funding for the project.

VNFU wants to invite partners to form a Public Private Partnership to join forces to acquire appropriate funding and to carry out an ambitious program accordingly. 

Our intention is to set up a large scale prokect, aiming at duration of 5 years. Main goal of our collaboration is to set up a leading program to improve the quality of the fruit, resulting in an extended shelf life of the fruit and enhanced export position of Vietnam. Ultimate result would be the transition from transport by aircraft to transport by ship: climate friendly, due to reduction of emission of Green House Gases, and creating increased opportunities for export in larger amounts to far away markets. Moreover, more growers will get access to new markets, with stable and fair prices for a sustainable product.

Improvement of the quality of fruit is attainable by optimizing all steps in the chain: from farmer to consumer. The program will distinct farm management, with attention to soil, fertilization, irrigation, drainage, crop protection, and post-harvest treatment (such as packing, cooling, processing logistics).  Partners also intend to sep up a project with a special focus on export.

Land Water Food Consult is involved from the early beginning, supporting VNFU to set up this program. A leading program on dragon fruit could make the collaboration concrete and fruitful and could give access to international funding as well. 


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