Vietnam, Australia to collaborate in agricultural research

Many widely popular products in Vietnam seem unfamiliar to Thai consumers as they have only been imported and sold in small quantity by intermediate businesses and merchants. To settle the issue, an event named ‘Vietnamese Product Week’ has recently been organized in Bangkok, with the participation of over 40 brands from Vietnam. At the stall of Vinamit, a Vietnamese agricultural product company that has operated since 1988, Jiratha, a Thai buyer, was having a taste of the firm’s dried fruit samples and could not stop complimenting their flavor and crunchiness. Jiratha recounted trying the food during her previous trip to Phuket. As she was impressed with the quality, the Thai consumer has been looking for the product, to no avail, after she returned to Bangkok because it is not widely sold in the city. According to Vu Thanh Truc, international business manager of Vinamit, this is the first time the company has introduced its goods to the Thai market. Its merchandise was previously imported and sold by local merchants at airports and railway stations in Thailand, Truc elaborated. “We are confident that our advantages in taste and quality can compete with similar merchandise in Thailand,” the representative asserted. Like Vinamit, other Vietnamese businesses said they had been shying away from entering the Thai market due to the lack of knowledge of local consumers’ preferences and distribution systems. Bui Thi Ngoc Tuyen from the import-export department of Bich Chi Food Company said…... [read more]

Agricultural products exported to China now account for 50 per cent of total border trade flow between the two countries, signifying greater approval from Chinese consumers, officials say. Fresh pineapples are stocked at the Tien Giang Vegetables and Fruits Joint-Stock Company in the southern province of Tien Giang.  The surge in cross-border trade of agricultural produce was highlighted last Friday at a forum jointly held by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and the Lang Son People’s Committee. The forum discussed ways to further increase the flow of Vietnamese fruit and vegetables into Chinese markets via official border trade. The Agriculture Ministry’s Plants Protection Department (PPD) announced that in total, Viet Nam exported over two million tonnes of fruits and vegetables worth US$1.6 billion to China last year. Corresponding figures for the first seven months of this year are 1.2 million tonnes and $1.3 billion. Key exports are fresh fruits and vegetables, with strong growth seen in rubber-based products, tapioca, coffee and tea. The Ministry of Industry and Trade’s (MoIT) Mountainous and Frontier Trade Department (MFTD) said the bilateral agricultural trade surplus is financial boost for Vietnamese farmers, merchants and people living within the border region. They said the produce being exported to China enjoyed the advantage of having more favourable cultivation conditions, and as such were always welcomed by Chinese buyers. The MFTD said they have been working tirelessly with their Chinese counterparts to implement enabling policies and regulations to shape the trade flow between the two…... [read more]

The surge in cross-border trade of agricultural produce has been highlighted at a forum jointly held by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and the Lạng Sơn People’s Committee. The forum discussed ways to further increase the flow of Vietnamese fruit and vegetables into Chinese markets via official border trade. The Agriculture Ministry’s Plants Protection Department (PPD) announced that in total, Việt Nam exported over two million tonnes of fruits and vegetables worth US$1.6 billion to China last year. Corresponding figures for the first seven months of this year are 1.2 million tonnes and $1.3 billion. Key exports are fresh fruits and vegetables, with strong growth seen in rubber-based products, tapioca, coffee and tea. The Ministry of Industry and Trade’s (MoIT) Mountainous and Frontier Trade Department (MFTD) said the bilateral agricultural trade surplus is financial boost for Vietnamese farmers, merchants and people living within the border region. They said the produce being exported to China enjoyed the advantage of having more favourable cultivation conditions, and as such were always welcomed by Chinese buyers. The MFTD said they have been working tirelessly with their Chinese counterparts to implement enabling policies and regulations to shape the trade flow between the two countries. These include stricter customs checks, better quality control, transportation and storage infrastructure before clearance, as well as the opening of auxiliary border gates. As a result, exports of fresh fruits and vegetables to China has been increasing rapidly in quantity…... [read more]

Fresh pineapples are stocked at the Tien Giang Vegetables and Fruits Joint-Stock Company in the southern province of Tien Giang. — VNA/VNS Photo Dinh Hue Agricultural products exported to China now account for 50 per cent of total border trade flow between the two countries, signifying greater approval from Chinese consumers, officials say. The surge in cross-border trade of agricultural produce was highlighted last Friday at a forum jointly held by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and the Lang Son People’s Committee. The forum discussed ways to further increase the flow of Vietnamese fruit and vegetables into Chinese markets via official border trade. The Agriculture Ministry’s Plants Protection Department (PPD) announced that in total, Viet Nam exported over two million tonnes of fruits and vegetables worth US$1.6 billion to China last year. Corresponding figures for the first seven months of this year are 1.2 million tonnes and $1.3 billion. Key exports are fresh fruits and vegetables, with strong growth seen in rubber-based products, tapioca, coffee and tea. The Ministry of Industry and Trade’s (MoIT) Mountainous and Frontier Trade Department (MFTD) said the bilateral agricultural trade surplus is financial boost for Vietnamese farmers, merchants and people living within the border region. They said the produce being exported to China enjoyed the advantage of having more favourable cultivation conditions, and as such were always welcomed by Chinese buyers. The MFTD said they have been working tirelessly with their…... [read more]

The surge in cross-border trade of agricultural produce was highlighted last Friday at a forum jointly held by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and the Lang Son People’s Committee. The forum discussed ways to further increase the flow of Vietnamese fruit and vegetables into Chinese markets via official border trade. The Agriculture Ministry’s Plants Protection Department (PPD) announced that in total, Vietnam exported over two million tonnes of fruits and vegetables worth US$1.6 billion to China last year. Corresponding figures for the first seven months of this year are 1.2 million tonnes and $1.3 billion. Key exports are fresh fruits and vegetables, with strong growth seen in rubber-based products, tapioca, coffee and tea. The Ministry of Industry and Trade’s (MoIT) Mountainous and Frontier Trade Department (MFTD) said the bilateral agricultural trade surplus is financial boost for Vietnamese farmers, merchants and people living within the border region. They said the produce being exported to China enjoyed the advantage of having more favourable cultivation conditions, and as such were always welcomed by Chinese buyers. The MFTD said they have been working tirelessly with their Chinese counterparts to implement enabling policies and regulations to shape the trade flow between the two countries. These include stricter customs checks, better quality control, transportation and storage infrastructure before clearance, as well as the opening of auxiliary border gates. As a result, exports of fresh fruits and vegetables to China has been increasing rapidly in quantity and quality, with around 478,514 tonnes of…... [read more]

The surge in cross-border trade of agricultural produce was highlighted last Friday at a forum jointly held by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and the Lang Son People’s Committee. The forum discussed ways to further increase the flow of Vietnamese fruit and vegetables into Chinese markets via official border trade. The Agriculture Ministry’s Plants Protection Department (PPD) announced that in total, Vietnam exported over two million tonnes of fruits and vegetables worth US$1.6 billion to China last year. Corresponding figures for the first seven months of this year are 1.2 million tonnes and $1.3 billion. Key exports are fresh fruits and vegetables, with strong growth seen in rubber-based products, tapioca, coffee and tea. The Ministry of Industry and Trade’s (MoIT) Mountainous and Frontier Trade Department (MFTD) said the bilateral agricultural trade surplus is financial boost for Vietnamese farmers, merchants and people living within the border region. They said the produce being exported to China enjoyed the advantage of having more favourable cultivation conditions, and as such were always welcomed by Chinese buyers. The MFTD said they have been working tirelessly with their Chinese counterparts to implement enabling policies and regulations to shape the trade flow between the two countries. These include stricter customs checks, better quality control, transportation and storage infrastructure before clearance, as well as the opening of auxiliary border gates. As a result, exports of fresh fruits and vegetables to China has been increasing rapidly in quantity and quality, with around 478,514 tonnes of…... [read more]

Harvesting rice in Vi Thanh commune, Vi Thanh district of the Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang (Photo: VNA) Singapore (VNA) – There remains considerable potential for Vietnam to export rice to Singapore, according to a Vietnamese delegation which visited Singapore in early August to seek ways to boost the shipment of agricultural products to this country. The delegation included representatives from the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Vietnam Food Association, along with eight leading rice exporting companies. They had working sessions with relevant agencies of Singapore such as the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI), the International Enterprise Singapore (IES) and the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) to learn about the management policy, the export-import situation and the transit mechanism for rice in Singapore. The Vietnamese delegation also met representatives of local biggest retail chains like NTUC Fair Price, Giant and Sheng Siong to set up relations and learn about ways to directly export Vietnamese goods to these supermarkets, instead of via foreign traders. Le Xuan Minh, a representative of the Vietnam Northern Food Corporation, said they found that Singapore has great potential and demand for Vietnam’s high-quality rice products, especially fragrant rice. Meanwhile, the Singaporean side also highly evaluated the quality of Vietnamese agricultural products, noting that a large number of Vietnamese goods such as rice, aquatic products, fruits and vegetables are being sold at their supermarkets. [Infographics: Vietnam revises up rice…... [read more]

Seafood processed at the Ngo Quyen Export Joint Stock Company in Kien Giang Province for export to Australia. — VNA/VNS Photo Manh Linh The growing importance of Australia and New Zealand as export markets for Viet Nam was emphasised at a conference on Friday. Organised by the Asia-Pacific Market Department (APMD) under the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT), the conference aimed to provide valuable information and insights for Vietnamese firms exporting or looking to export to these markets. It focused in particular on the Agreement Establishing the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area (AANZFTA). Nguyen Phuc Nam, APMD Deputy Director, said that Viet Nam was fully aware of New Zealand and Australia’s importance as national trade partners. With the AANZFTA in force since January 2010, ASEAN countries can enjoy 90 to 100 per cent tariff reductions in Australian and New Zealand markets, and Vietnamese firms should take full advantage of this potential, he said. He noted that Australia and New Zealand were among the biggest importers in the world since both economies are largely dependent on imported products. Viet Nam’s chief exports to these two markets include agricultural products, seafood, coffee beans, cashews, electronics parts, textiles, footwear and construction material. If the AANZFTA was utilized well, Vietnamese producers could enjoy all the privileges contained therein, boosting export turnover and earning handsome profits, Nam said. Phan Thi Dieu Linh of the APMD also commented that despite Australian consumers’ strict…... [read more]

Vietnam and New Zealand on July 27 affirmed their determination to raise two-way trade to 1.7 billion USD by 2020 during Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue’s working visit to New Zealand. Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue (R) and New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett While in Wellington, Hue paid a courtesy visit to Speaker of the House of Representatives David Carter, held talks with Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett, and worked with Minister of Foreign Affairs Gerry Brownlee and Minister Trade Todd McClay. The officials agreed to intensify investment in the fields Vietnam has demand and New Zealand has strength such as agriculture, renewable energy and infrastructure. Paula Bennett and Todd McClay confirmed to create favourable conditions for Vietnamese agricultural products to enter New Zealand, and continue supporting the country in improving production, processing and preservation of farm produce to meet foreign markets’ high standards. The two sides reached a consensus on the early signing of the 2017-2020 Vietnam-New Zealand Action Programme in 2017 in order to boost cooperation in the priority fields of politics, economy-trade, agriculture, education-training, science, and tourism. They also pledged to soon organise the sixth meeting of the two countries’ Joint Committee on Economic and Trade Cooperation. The New Zealand leaders asserted to maintain the provision of official development assistance (ODA) for Vietnam with the focus on social welfare, agriculture and rural development, human resources improvement, and climate change adaptation. Deputy PM Hue thanked New Zealand for supporting Vietnam in projects related to…... [read more]

While in Wellington, Hue paid a courtesy visit to Speaker of the House of Representatives David Carter, held talks with Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett, and worked with Minister of Foreign Affairs Gerry Brownlee and Minister Trade Todd McClay. The officials agreed to intensify investment in the fields Vietnam has demand and New Zealand has strength such as agriculture, renewable energy and infrastructure. Paula Bennett and Todd McClay confirmed to create favourable conditions for Vietnamese agricultural products to enter New Zealand, and continue supporting the country in improving production, processing and preservation of farm produce to meet foreign markets’ high standards. The two sides reached a consensus on the early signing of the 2017-2020 Vietnam-New Zealand Action Programme in 2017 in order to boost cooperation in the priority fields of politics, economy-trade, agriculture, education-training, science, and tourism. They also pledged to soon organise the sixth meeting of the two countries’ Joint Committee on Economic and Trade Cooperation. The New Zealand leaders asserted to maintain the provision of official development assistance (ODA) for Vietnam with the focus on social welfare, agriculture and rural development, human resources improvement, and climate change adaptation. Deputy PM Hue thanked New Zealand for supporting Vietnam in projects related to dyke safety, clean vegetables, and hi-tech agriculture, while suggesting the two sides build a regular bilateral dialogue mechanism on development cooperation in order to carry out measures to use New Zealand’s ODA effectively. Both sides discussed…... [read more]




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