Farmers in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai have thrown away tonnes of pineapples since China halted purchases.
Over the recent years, many households in Muong Khuong District’s Ban Lau Commune have grown pineapples mostly for sale to China through border trade. However, China has tightened the import through border trade, affecting pineapple export; while domestic demand is quite low.
Farmers have had to clear their farm and throw the fruit away.
Many local households even have to hire people to dump their pineapples for VND1.5 million (USD65.20) per 10 tonnes of the product.
This year, people in Ban Lau Commune saw a bumper pineapple crop but they weren’t exported to China following the country’s tighter border trade policies. A small stream from Ban Lau to China makes transporting pineapples quite convenient. It is easy to see dumped pineapples in Ban Lau
Pineapples dumped and left as feed for cows
Pham Thi Thuy, a local resident, said that she had to take her pineapples to an informal market to sell for just VND3,000 a kilo.