Vietnam News, 6 June 2015. Ministry works on master plan for macadamia.

Below is an edited extract of the original article.

HA NOI (VNS)— For three years, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has been working on a master plan for macadamia development, Ha Cong Tuan, deputy minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, told Viet Nam News.

Tuan said the ministry did not want to let macadamia plantations get out of control, leading to over production and low prices..

Lately, conflicting ideas have emerged about the development of macadamias as a cash crop.

In Ha Noi on Thursday, the ministry, in collaboration with the Australian Embassy, held a workshop on the development of the Australian rainforest nut in Viet Nam.

Tuan said that the master plan would probably be produced by the end of the year.

Macadamia… is indigenous to Australia. Its sweet and tasty nut is said to be packed with healthy nutrients.

They can also be eaten as a snack or made into cooking oil, powderded like chocolate or used in beauty-care products.

Viet Nam started planting macadamias about 10 years ago and currently grows about 2,000 ha, with an average output of three tonnes per hectare.

With the current price of the nuts pegged at about $15 per kilogramme, farmers can earn $2,000 to $3,000 per hectare.

The ministry has recently dispatched a note to local governments saying that up until 2020, the supply of qualified seedlings would be enough to plant out 10,000ha…

Deputy Agriculture Minister Tuan said the ministry had researched this tree for 20 years and found that several areas in Viet Nam had suitable soil and climate to grow it…

Early last year, the ministry approved 10 species of macadamia for cultivation in Viet Nam…

Deputy Agriculture Minister Tuan said Viet Nam could learn from Australia and Kenya, where the nut was grown commercially. — VNS

Vietnamese lychees to be exported to Australia on 10 June 2015

Tuoi Tre News is reporting, in an article dated 5 June 2015 and titled, Vietnamese lychees now available for sale in France, that the first shipments of lychees to Australia will occur next week on 10 June 2015.

Below is an edited extract.

…Meanwhile, the first shipments to Australia will be freighted on June 10 by the Rong Do Company, after the Australian Department of Agriculture gave the green light as of May 11 for irradiation-treated lychees from Vietnam to be exported to the country.

There are only four companies participating in collecting and exporting the fruit to the U.S. and Australia…



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