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Mekong Delta fruit prices up as travel restrictions ease

Jackfruit, longan and lemon from the Mekong Delta are fetching two to four times the prices that prevailed when Covid-19 related transport restrictions were in force, before October 1.

Lemons bought directly from the growers are priced VND7,000-8,000 ($0.31-0.35) per kilogram these days, while they were selling for just VND2,000 per kilogram earlier. Prices of Thai jackfruit have also surged to VND19,000-30,000 per kilogram. These prices are four times more than the previous four months when travel was restricted. Similarly, longan prices have doubled to VND12,000-14,000 per kilogram.

"Farmers hope to a lot of longan and make a profit when Chau Thanh District (Dong Thap Province) harvests the fruit in about a month," said one farmer from the district. In July, fruit from the Mekong Delta, Vietnam's agriculture hub, was sold poorly at lower prices as wholesales markets across HCMC close due to Covid-19. The Mekong Delta contributes 70 percent of the country’s fruit exports.


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