Pomelo packaging factory was inaugurated in the southern province of Ben Tre, using Taiwanese technology.

The facility has a total investment of VND7 billion, of which 70 percent was contributed by Huong Mien Tay - the owner of the business.

It has a design capacity of processing 16 tones of pomelos each day in line with the Vietnamese Good Agricultural Practices (VietGAP) standards.

Facility owner Dam Van Hung says his business aims to meet Global Good Agricultural Practices (GlobalGAP) standards by the end of 2012 to be able to export pomelos to demanding markets such as Europe and North America.

Ben Tre aims to perfect a cooperation model among the State, farmers, businesses and scientists to develop large area of pomelo cultivation to serve both local and export markets.

The province now has 4,000 hectares cultivated in green-skinned pomelos, but only 30 percent meets export requirements. If growers apply advanced production models and GlobalGAP standards, export volume is likely to increase to 70-80 percent.

As a speciality fruit of Ben Tre province, green-skinned pomelos are exported to 50 markets around the world.

Source: VOV