Vietnam eyes 21 billion USD in cultivation exports in 2018
Updated : Thursday, February 22, 2018 9:39 AM (GMT+0700)

Thecultivation sector aims to gross over 21 billion USD in export turnover in2018, representing a year-on-year rise of 2.2-2.3 percent, according to theMinistry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Dragon fruits for exports – Photo: VNA

Localities will continuesshifting their plant structure to grow more profitable crops adaptive toclimate change such as corns, vegetables and fruits and developing aquaculture,especially in the northern, south central, and Central Highlands regions.

The Mekong Delta, inparticular, will boost the application of high technology to create newvarieties of fruits, vegetables and flowers as well as develop processing andpost-harvest preservation technologies.

This year, the country aimsto increase the fruit plant area to about 930,000 hectares and create highadded value products. Each locality will develop large-scale fruit areasensuring good agricultural practices (GAP) and food safety in addition tohigh-technology vegetable and flower production, focusing on major cities.

The agricultural industrywill improve rice quality and reduce its production cost via intensivecultivation.

Industrial crop growingareas such as coffee, rubber, tea and cashew nut will be gradually reduced to645,000 hectares, 950,000 hectares, 132,000 hectare and 300,000 hectares,respectively.

Vietnam earned a record ofsome 3.45 billion USD from fruit and vegetable exports in 2017, rising by 40.5percent from last year.

China, Japan, the US and theRepublic of Korea were among the biggest importers of Vietnamese fruits andvegetables.


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