(HBO) - Bui Van Chung took a bold step in introducing the Thai custard apple to his poor farming commune in Yen Thuy district, and his effort has paid off.
The model of growing Thai custard
apple has produced high economic benefits to Bui Van Chung and his family in Da
Phuc commune, Yen Thuy district, Hoa Binh province.
In the search for a new farming model and increase income, in 2017, Chung
rented land in Bao Hieu commune for 50 years to start piloting the cultivation
of high economic value plants and animal husbandry. During the first year, he
planted asparagus and raised farm chickens, but the profit was not as he
expected. In 2018, he decided to switch to growing Thai custard apple on two
hectares of land. He invested in 500 trees and an automatic sprinkler
irrigation system to save labor and production costs. He himself learned
techniques of planting and caring for the fruit trees on the internet. In the
next two years, he planted an additional 1,500 Thai custard apple trees.
By now, after nearly four years of planting and learning, he has drawn a lot of
experience. Chung said that after 3 years, the trees began to give fruit. Each
tree yields about 10 kg of fruit, with the best quality fruit selling for
60,000 VND/kg. "This harvest I have earned 250 million VND in profit from the
fruit, excluding expenses,”he said.
According to Chung, compared to many
other kinds of fruit trees planted in the locality, Thai custard apple has
various advantages, one of which is higher profit. The tree can bear
fruit twice a year, so farmers can ensure stable income. Therefore, in the
coming time, he will continue to plant this fruit tree on the entire area of
the family's land.
Besides expanding the area of Thai custard apple trees, Chung also
invests in animal husbandry, earning a total annual income of about 300-400
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