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Vietnam aims to US$3 billion vegetable and fruit export in 2017 PDF Print
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 09:05

VIETRADE The nation’s vegetable and fruit export is expected to reach US$3 billion in 2017, exceeding the US$2.4 billion target set earlier, the Vietnam Vegetable and Fruit Association forecasts.


The association’s Deputy Chairman Huynh Quang Dau told Viet Nam News that after many years of export value under US$1 billion, in recent years, the export value of vegetable and fruit had made a breakthrough. In 2016 alone, the vegetable and fruit export experienced a 30% year-on-year increase to US$2.5 billion, surpassing the export value of some major farming products such as rice, pepper and rubber.


He said that Vietnam’s vegetable and fruits had entered strict markets, such as the US, Japan, the Republic of Korea and Taiwan aside to Australia, New Zealand and Chile.  


To penetrate into these markets, local vegetables and fruits had to meet strict quarantine conditions, food safety standards and possessed documents of origin.


Further, farms and enterprises had produced vegetable and fruit products meeting the quality and food safety standards in those countries. That would help accelerate exports this year and beyond, he said.


Experts said the vegetable and fruit industry would export many kinds of fruit in the future, resulting in a 3-4 times surge in export volume against the current volume.


At present, the relevant offices had completed necessary procedures to export local fruits to new markets.


Some others, however, said the vegetable and fruit industry still had to cope with long-term difficulties, including climate change, which would result in a reduction of vegetable and fruit output and quality, and land accumulation for the industry in addition to the increased technical barriers in importing countries.


Pham Cong Dzung from the Department of Agricultural Forestry and Fishery Processing and Salt Industry under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said that the Ministry would continue to co-operate with relevant state offices to enhance trade promotion activities for Vietnamese fruit products to increase market share in an attempt to facilitate these products’ exports.


Additionally, Vietnamese trade offices in foreign countries would conduct marketing activities for local fruits for the Vietnamese community living abroad and the locals, he said.


The Ministry would control further import of fruits through technical barriers under international rules to protect local fruits in a legal manner and stop illegal fruit imports, he said.


Meanwhile, Dinh Cao Khue, General Director of Dong Giao Export Food Joint Stock Company, said Vietnamese firms should further advertise their  vegetable and fruit products at international fairs for farming products, including fairs in Germany, France, Russia and Japan. That would help them study and then expand export markets.


He also petitioned the State to plan and develop material regions connecting with the development of processing factories. 


The General Statistics Office’s latest report revealed that the nation’s vegetable and fruit export topped US$230 million in January, up 14% year-on-year.

So far, Vietnamese vegetable and fruit products were shipped to more than 60 countries world-wide./.

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