|In August alone, the country spent nearly $170 million on imported green produce. — Photo kinhdoanhgioi.net|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam imported vegetables and fruits worth US$1.02 billion in the first eight months of 2017, a year-on-year increase of 94 per cent.
Of this, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said, the import value of vegetables was around $200 million, while fruits imports were more than $800 million, double the same period last year. In August alone, the country spent nearly $170 million on imported green produce.
Thailand remains Việt Nam’s largest import market, with 62 per cent of the market share in the January to August period. China ranks second, making up 16 per cent of the country’s vegetables and fruits import value.
In spite of being an agricultural country that exports its green produce across the world, Việt Nam has spent a huge amount of money importing vegetables and fruits. The country’s fruit and vegetable imports from Thailand rose by 3.2 times from last year, while its imports from the Indian and New Zealand markets were 2.2 times and 2 times higher, the ministry said.
The fruits imported include apple, orange, pear, kiwi, cherry (from New Zealand and Australia), mango and custard apple (from Thailand). Products imported from China are mainly cabbage, lettuce, potato, orange and apple.
During the January to August period, Việt Nam also shipped $2.32 billion worth of fruits and vegetable to other markets. — VNS