Mr. Huynh Quang Nhat, a farmer in Binh Tan District, said that his family grew 10,000 square meters of purple sweet potatoes and planned to give his purple sweet potato field for other people to harvest. Because if his family picked purple sweet potatoes, he would have lost more money to hire workers. After that, the price of sweet potatoes skyrocketed, he was happy, but before sweet potatoes are sold, the price has dropped again.
Mr. Nguyen Van The, a sweet potato trader in Vinh Long Province, said that the price of purple sweet potatoes had just jumped to VND200,000 per quintal, but in the blink of an eye, it was halved. Even traders like him could not keep up with such price fluctuation. At present, the volume of purple sweet potatoes purchased from farmers has not been sold out. With such development, they would play it by ear and dare not to buy more sweet potatoes.
In Dong Thap Province, Mr. Nguyen Van Huynh, Chairman of the Dong Tan Sweet Potato Club in Chau Thanh District, said that the export price of purple sweet potatoes had just climbed, but now it has dropped to VND80,000-VND100,000 per quintal. Especially, for high-quality purple sweet potato fields with convenient traffic, the price is about VND120,000 per quintal. However, traders have slowed down purchasing because it is difficult to consume, and there is a shortage of laborers for harvesting. If this situation prolongs, many sweet potato farmers will continue to suffer.
According to the People's Committee of Chau Thanh District, by the end of May this year, the total remaining area of Japanese purple sweet potatoes in the district was about 266 hectares, with an output of 8,494 tons per hectare. The People's Committee of Dong Thap Province has directed functional agencies, cooperatives, and enterprises to strengthen connections and seek markets to support sweet potato consumption for farmers.