Vietnam earns 1.7 billion USD from vegetable, fruit exports

Vietnamese lychees sold in Australia (Photo: VNA)


Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam’s export turnover of
vegetables and fruits reached 283 million USD in June, bringing the figure in
the first half of 2017 to 1.7 billion USD, up 45 percent from the same period
last year.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and
Rural Development, China, the US, Japan and the Republic of Korea remained the
top four importers of Vietnamese vegetables and fruits, accounting for 85
percent of the total export value.

The country has enjoyed impressive growth in
fruit and vegetable exports in some markets, including Russia (67 percent),
Japan (56 percent), China (50 percent) and the US (23 percent), the RoK (15
percent) and Thailand (12 percent).

Recently, green mangoes grown in Son La province
have been exported to Australia for the first time, opening up opportunities
for agricultural production development, particularly fruit farming, in the
northern mountainous region of Vietnam. 

Le Son Ha, Head of the Plant Quarantine under
the Plant Protection Department, said five tonnes of mangoes will be exported
to Australia weekly, adding that this gives a boost for Vietnam’s fruits to
enter new markets.

He noted that the department is completing
procedures to export lychees to Japan.

Vietnamese longan have been shipped to the US
and will be available in Australia and New Zealand, while red and white dragon
fruits are hoped to enter Australia this year. -VNA

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