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In 2012, Mr. Nguyen Van Hien (42 years old) began to plant seedless lemons on a plot of land in Thanh Loi commune, Ben Luc district (Long An province). After two years of failed planting, Mr. Hien's new lemon variety gradually developed, giving stable harvest.
This seedless lime variety is originally from the USA. Seedlings are imported from domestic research institutes. This species has bigger fruit and reaches more fruit than regular lemon, which is preferred by the market.
Hien currently owns a seedless lemon garden larger than 100 hectares, with about 35,000 roots with an average age of 8 years.
"Seedless lemons are quite suitable for acid sulfate soil in this region. This species has big roots, the tree can be nearly 8 m high, so it has to be trimmed to fit the harvest. Both lemon farms are equipped with automatic irrigation systems." , said the gardener.
After nearly 2 years of planting, seedless lemons begin to bear fruit. When the fruit is half the size of a fist, the green skin and the ball are harvested.
This lemon bears fruit all year round, a tree will harvest once every 20 days, yielding about 15 kg per picking.
"The whole farm harvested, so every day dozens of workers picked lemons. Calculated, every day I collected more than three tons of seedless lemons," the farm owner said.
Along each batch of lemon, ditch the deep drainage ditch to prevent flooding. The baskets of lemon are also gathered on the boat for easy transportation.
After picking, the lemon is hauled back to the warehouse by boat.
The lemons are classified, packed for markets, supermarkets and exported to foreign countries.
In addition to selling fresh lemons, Mr. Hien also invested in a factory to make juice, essential oil, lemon powder, dried skins ...
"If I only sell fresh lemon, the profit is negligible. My main source of income comes from processed products, with a turnover of hundreds of billions of dong each year," Hien said.