Ministry optimistic about fruit-veggie export prospects
Updated : Wednesday, June 06, 2018 2:44 PM (GMT+0700)

Witheffective cooperation between farmers, businesses and State managementagencies, Vietnam is likely to realise its goal of 10 billion USD infruit-vegetables export turnover by 2020.

Dragon fruits for exports - Photo: VNA

The Ministry of Agricultureand Rural Development is devising measures to increase the export turnover offruits and vegetables to 4 billion USD in 2018 from 3.5 billion USD in 2017.

According to Nguyen QuocToan, head of the ministry’s agricultural product processing and marketdevelopment department, Vietnam earned 1.32 billion USD from exporting fruitsand vegetables in the first four months of 2018, a year-on-year rise of 29.5percent

This is a good signreflecting the effective coordination of localities and enterprises, he said.

Vietnam has great potentialin agriculture with competitive fruits and vegetables. 

The export turnover offruits and vegetables has seen impressive growth in recent years, which topped1 billion USD in 2015 and 2 billion USD in 2016 and hit 3.5 billion USD in2017.

Seeing fruits and vegetablesas a strong product, businesses and farmers have joined hands to make long-terminvestment.

Toan added that Vietnamesefruits and vegetables have been sold in 170 countries and territories.

Vietnam has signed nearly 16bilateral and multilateral free trade agreements, he said, adding that theinternational economic integration in agriculture has brought bothopportunities and challenges for the country.

“If we can organiseproduction effectively, the proportion of Vietnamese fruits and vegetables in theglobal market will increase”, he said.

Despite impressiveachievements in 2017, up to 70 percent of Vietnamese fruits and vegetables wereexported to China, while the ratio to other major markets like the Republic ofKorea, Japan, the US and the EU was limited.

This was attributed toshortcomings in processing, preservation and logistics infrastructure, Toansaid, adding that building material supply areas for processing plants is aheadache for State management agencies.

He suggested businessesimprove quality and invest in fruit and vegetable preservation to reach outfurther to the global market.


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