The Hanoitimes - The Central Highlands provinces of Dak Lak, Lam Dong, Dak Nong, Gia Lai and Kon Tum have encouraged the growing of high-demand fruits such as durian, avocado, jackfruit, longan and litchi to help farmers raise income.
Ethnic groups in Buon Don, Ea Kar and Ea Sup districts in Dak Lak province have switched their farming on impoverished and water-scarce land to cultivate perennial fruit trees.
Farmers in Dak Lak, Dak Nong and Lam Dong provinces also planted durian and avocado in coffee gardens.
Dak Lak leads in diversifying plants in coffee gardens, with more than 4,000ha of durians and avocados that yield tens of thousands of tonnes per year.
The family of Y Blet Nie in Yung village, Krong Pak district grows 120 durian trees between coffee trees in their garden, and has earned 600 million – 1 billion VND (26,600 – 44,500 USD) each year from the fruit since 2015, not to mention income from coffee.
The Central Highlands region is home to more than 35,000ha of perennial and high-demand fruits, more than 12,000ha of which are in Dak Lak.
The region comprises five provinces: Dak Lak, Gia Lai, Kon Tum, Dak Nong and Lam Dong, with total population of about 5.64 million and 47 ethnic groups.