Updated: Aug 28
After the successful New Year's sale of Broccoli, growers in Ninh Thuan have a new joy, now Broccoli is sold for 4,000 VND/kg (field price in Ninh Phuoc district), yield average 40 tons/ha, revenue 160 million dong, after costs more than 100 million dong/ha/crop.
Ninh Thuan province is known as a dry area for crops, including Broccoli.
Ninh Thuan is known for its arid and semi-arid climate, with high temperatures and limited rainfall. These conditions, coupled with sandy soil, can present difficulties for many crops. However, broccoli has shown remarkable resilience and adaptability, making it a favorable choice for farmers in the region.
One key factor contributing to broccoli's suitability is its relatively short growing cycle. Broccoli can be harvested within 60 to 90 days, allowing farmers in Ninh Thuan to capitalize on the available water resources during the rainy season and complete their harvest before the onset of prolonged droughts. This adaptability to the region's specific climate patterns enables farmers to optimize their yields and minimize water usage.
Moreover, broccoli's deep root system makes it efficient at accessing nutrients and moisture from the soil. This characteristic is particularly advantageous in areas with low water availability, as it allows the crop to withstand dry spells and better utilize the limited moisture present in the soil. Additionally, the sandy soil in Ninh Thuan province allows for good drainage, preventing water logging and potential damage to the crop's root system.
Farmers in Ninh Thuan Place Their Trust in Broccoli.
Mr. Nguyen Van Trinh, a farmer from Phuoc Khanh Hamlet, Phuoc Thuan Commune, Ninh Phuoc District, is one of the first households to cultivate broccoli in the area. He shared that his family has planted 2 hectares of broccoli and is preparing for the harvest. With an average selling price of 4,000 Vietnamese dong per kilogram, this season is expected to yield a profit of several hundred million Vietnamese dong. Mr. Trinh emphasized that broccoli is a crop with simple cultivation methods and low investment costs, yet it provides high income. As a result, the local residents in the commune have been sharing cultivation techniques to support each other in economic development.
Mr. Phan Ngoc Tri, residing in Thuan Hoa Hamlet, also cultivated 2 "sào" (approximately 720 square meters) of broccoli. After more than 60 days, traders came directly to his home to purchase the produce at an average price of 7,000 Vietnamese dong per bud. There were times when the traders bought according to weight, offering 4,000 Vietnamese dong per kilogram. His family earned over 30 million Vietnamese dong, resulting in a net profit of 20 million Vietnamese dong after deducting expenses.
The success stories of farmers like Mr. Trinh and Mr. Tri demonstrate the growing trust and interest in broccoli cultivation in Ninh Thuan. The crop's simplicity in cultivation and its ability to generate high profits have captured the attention of local farmers, encouraging them to switch from traditional crops to broccoli. With the support and knowledge-sharing among the community, the economic development of the region has been boosted.
Broccoli cultivation in Ninh Thuan is currently thriving, and farmers who grow broccoli are enjoying a decent income.
The market for this product extends beyond the province itself and reaches many other provinces such as Lam Dong, Khanh Hoa, Phu Yen, Binh Thuan, and Ho Chi Minh City. According to traders' assessments, broccoli grown in Ninh Thuan is tastier, sweeter, and more tender compared to broccoli grown in Da Lat. As a result, there is a strong demand for Ninh Thuan broccoli in the market.
Thanks to favorable market conditions and its high economic efficiency, many people in Ninh Thuan province have invested in the development of broccoli cultivation along with traditional crops such as melons, onions, and white radishes. Mr. Phan Thanh Duc, Deputy Chairman of the People's Committee of Phuoc Thuan Commune, stated that preliminary statistics show that the total area of broccoli cultivation in the commune is 13.8 hectares, mainly concentrated in Phuoc Khanh, Thuan Hoa, Phuoc Loi, Hiep Hoa, and Thuan Loi hamlets. A few years ago, farmers grew two crops per year, but this year, with favorable weather conditions, many farmers have taken the initiative to plant a third crop, which is currently being prepared for harvest. The local authorities are actively encouraging residents to develop broccoli cultivation as a means to increase income and improve livelihoods.
The combination of a favorable market and high economic returns has contributed to the expansion of broccoli cultivation in Ninh Thuan. This agricultural development not only enhances farmers' income but also improves their overall quality of life.
Broccoli cultivation not only offers financial benefits to farmers but also contributes to the diversification of agricultural practices in Ninh Thuan. This shift towards broccoli demonstrates the resilience and adaptability of farmers in response to changing market demands and the challenges posed by climate change. By embracing this versatile crop, the farmers of Ninh Thuan are forging a path towards a more sustainable and prosperous future.