Ministries, trade counsellors seek to boost agricultural export
Updated : Friday, February 09, 2018 9:04 AM (GMT+0700)

TheMinistry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) coordinated with the Ministryof Industry and Trade (MoIT) to organise a trade counsellors’ meeting in Hanoion February 8, discussing ways to enhance the export of agricultural products.

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong speaks at the trade
counsellors' meeting on February 8 - Photo: VNA

The agricultural sectortargets a growth rate of about 3 percent and export revenue of 40 billion USDin 2018.

Tran Van Cong, DeputyDirector of the MARD’s Agro Processing and Market Development Authority, saidagricultural trade promotion is facing numerous difficulties as many countrieslike the US, China, Japan and the EU have increased protecting domesticagriculture. Their quality and food safety standards have become stricter.

As a result, it takes moretime, five to seven years in average, for Vietnam to negotiate with othercountries to open markets for its farm produce.

He said in 2018, theagricultural sector will work to enhance the market analysis and forecastcapacity, ensure smooth consumption of farm produce, and increase marketing keyVietnamese products in big and potential markets. It will also tighten linkswith domestic and foreign agricultural businesses, remove technical barriers,and solve payment difficulties in export to Africa and the Middle East.

MARD Minister Nguyen XuanCuong emphasised that as Vietnam’s agricultural production has surpasseddemand, an important task is maximising global markets and producing farmproduce with the best quality.

Trade Counsellor in Japan TaDuc Minh said Japan highly values many agricultural products of Vietnam,particularly mangoes and bananas. The shipment of the first chicken meatbatches to Japan also proved that the country’s agricultural products havesatisfied this demanding market.

However, he noted, exportprices are still high, especially fruit since they are rotten easily andshipment cost is not low. He asked for solutions to reduce shipment cost inorder to boost Vietnamese products’ competitiveness.

Meanwhile, Trade Counsellorin Australia Nguyen Hoang Thuy said the opening of the Australian market islong and full of difficulties. For example, it takes up to 12 years for lycheesto enter this market. Therefore, it is necessary to shorten negotiationduration.

She stressed the need forbetter coordination between the MARD and the trade office to promotenegotiations.

At the meeting, MinisterCuong also asked trade counsellors to not only promote trade but also providemore information on technology, culture and market trends which are crucial forthe agricultural sector to expand markets.


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