Mr. Hoa, a garden owner in Long An, said that just last week, the price of jackfruit at the garden was 10,000-12,000 VND per kg, now it has dropped to 4,000-5,000 VND per kg.

Thai jackfruit is purchased and sold by traders at cheap prices.

A similar situation also occurs in Can Tho.

`Up to now, the situation of container trucks being congested at border gates exporting to China is still quite serious. Many traders are having to dump them because they cannot sell them, leading to losses. Therefore, jackfruit purchasing activities are currently very

Other types such as watermelon and dragon fruit in the Western provinces and Central Highlands also dropped in price from 8,000 VND to 3,000-5,000 VND per kg for export goods.

Ms. Hai in Kon Tum – who owns more than one hectare of watermelon – said that 2 weeks ago, traders came to deposit with the garden price of 8,000 VND per kg.

`At this price, my one hectare of melons has a 50% loss on investment costs. However, I still have to sell it because if left for too long, the melons will spoil,` Ms. Hai said.

As a trader specializing in buying agricultural products in the Central Highlands provinces, Ms. Mai said she is also suffering heavy losses.

Prices of Thai jackfruit and watermelon are below 5,000 VND per kg

Traders buy selected watermelons at garden houses in Kon Tum for only 3,000 VND per kg.

Also admitting that he had never seen a gloomy scene when going into the garden to cut fruit like this time, Mr. Hoang, a trader with 20 years of experience in the Western provinces, said that he only dared to buy 1/5 of what he bought 2 weeks ago.

`Many gardeners called to cut fruit, but I did not dare to hold the goods because I could not find a outlet,` Mr. Hoang shared

According to traders, it is difficult to find an alternative market to China.

On the other hand, in the past, growers were familiar with fruit production standards for export to China, so when this market was `clogged`, the fruit also fell into a situation where the `good season lost its value`.

The Department of Crop Production (Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development) forecasts that in the first quarter of 2022, main fruit output in the southern provinces will be about 1.6 million tons.

According to a report from the Ministry of Industry and Trade, as of December 25, Quang Ninh still had 1,555 container trucks in stock, Lang Son had 4,204 vehicles.

Vehicles are stuck for long days on national highways, at border gate transit yards… causing heavy losses to businesses.

According to calculations by the Fruit and Vegetable Association, if the current situation persists with more than 6,200 containers stuck, businesses could lose 3,000-4,000 billion VND.