The 30 tons of banana were shipped by the Phu Son Laba trade service cooperative in Lam Ha district through a contract signed with Viet Banana Investment Joint Stock Company in 2017, chairman of the cooperative’s board of directors Nguyen Tan Choi said on August 27.

A Japanese expert is inspecting the quality of the banana.

The banana must be grown according to Japanese technical procedures, he said, adding that the Japanese partner had sent its experts to inspect the quality, pesticide residues, and harvesting and packaging procedures for the fruit before allowing the shipment of fruit.

After the first batch, the Japanese side orders 3-4 containers of Laba banana each month, with 20 tons of fruit in each container. This is a good sign affirming the brand and quality of Lam Dong’s fruit specialty.

The cooperative is growing Laba bananas on nearly 200 hectares in Lam Ha district and Da K’Nang commune (Dam Rong district). Around 100 hectares have entered harvesting time.

With stable prices of VND 8,000-9,000 per kg under the export contract to Japan, one hectare of Laba bananas is estimated to bring about VND 500-600 million (USD 21,527 – 25,832) in profit for farmers annually.

Laba banana is favored by tourists thanks to its special taste and flavor. Previously, it was among local specialty offerings to King Bao Dai (1926-1945).

Source: VNA