The association has exported over 1,000 tonnes since the Lunar New Year festival which fell on January 25 this year, Sai Gon Giai phong newspaper reported.
According to Chairman of the association Nguyen Quoc Trinh, the outbreak has long caused stagnancy in dragon fruit export and price drop for farmers.
Before Tet holiday, traders paid as low as VND5,000 per kg of red flesh dragon fruit. The price increases to VND12,000-15,000 per kg now. After transporting the fruit to China and some other nations by sea, mostly through Cat Lai seaport, traders sell the fruit in local markets at the price of VND40,000-42,000 per kg
The volume of dragon fruit exported by sea has been increasing for the last few days.