The harvest season for custard apples has been on for a month in
Chi Lang Distric
t, which means residents have been going up and down the mountains to pluck and collect the fruit.
Some households who own thousands of custard apple trees
to help them collect the fruits.
Standing on a rock, 46-year-old Nong Can Hanh
looks for ripened fruits to pluck.
Hanh is one of many people who work
a custard apple picker for hire
in the border province. He has been doing this
for six years.
the last 24 days, we have traveled about 12 km to pick and
the custard apples to the owner. Since the custard apple trees here were planted on the mountains, we have to know how to climb them.
most challenging on rainy days because the roads are slippery and the trees are wet. We can fall down the mountains if we are not careful,” Hanh said.
Carrying a basket, 62-year-old Hoang Van Chuc walks around the garden to pick the fruits and monitor the hired workers. Chuc own
2000 custard apple trees planted on three different mountain ranges.
This season, he has hired
seven people to collect the fruits from morning to afternoon.
($13) per day
for each worker and cover their meal expenses throughout the harvest season,” Chuc said.
the custard apples needs patien
“You have to pick the ripen
, and if you want to keep
in shape, you have to handle them with care.”
harvesting work gets done
from 5-10 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.
On the mountain, pickers like Chuc and Hanh have to carry
gadgets to keep mosquitoes away.
baskets are full of the fruits,
the workers carr
them to the owner’s house. On average, a person can collect and carry 250 kg of custard apples every day.
“This has been my job for five years but it is just a seasonal job. I get around VND10 million ($432) each harvest season,”
Nong Van Tau, a hired
Two workers carry the custard apple
down the mountain to the owner’s house.
From higher up in the mountains, a pulley system is used to deliver
the fruits in time for traders
to collect them.
manages the pulley to
harvested custard apples
down the mountain.
The baskets of fresh custard apples are t
aken to the owners’ places after the pulley system delivers them to the bottom of the mountain.
ard apples from the
aromatic pulp with
a strong sweet taste
, locals say.
sort the harvested fruits according to certain quality and size criteria that fetch different prices.
The baskets of custard apples are marked and labeled with their weight before being transferred to merchants.
Most of the custard apples harvested in this district are sold locally.
Last year, 25 percent
exported to China. This year, many people
the fruit online, locals said.
The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of Chi Lang District said that the custard apple planting area that met
was nearly 400 hectares, double
“This year, the district expect
s to harvest
6000 tons of
the price is stable
from VND40000 to VND90000 ($4) per
Luong Thanh Chung,
the district’s agriculture division.
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