|Viet Nam’s fruit and vegetable export in 2016 hit US$2.4 billion, a 30 per cent increase over 2015. — Photo www.xttm.agroviet.gov.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam’s fruit and vegetable export in 2016 hit US$2.4 billion, a 30 per cent increase over 2015, and exceeding the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s yearly target of $2.2 billion.
According to the Vietnam Fruit and Vegetables Association, the result was attributed to efforts to seek new markets and keep traditional markets.
In 2016, five types of fruits gained entry to four new markets -- mangoes to Australia, dragon fruits to Taiwan (China), longans and lychees to Thailand and cashew to Peru -- thus expanding the market for Việt Nam’s fruit and vegetable to more than 60 countries and territories.
China continues to be the largest market for Việt Nam’s fruits and vegetables, accounting for some 70 per cent, followed by the Republic of Korea, the United States and Japan.
Bùi Sỹ Doanh, from the Department of Plant Protection under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, said the department would continue negotiations on technical barriers to help more Vietnamese fruits and vegetables enter selective markets like the United States, Japan and Australia.
In 2017, Việt Nam hopes to win import approval from Australia for its dragon fruits, approval from Japan for red-flesh dragon fruits and from the United States for star apples.
Nguyễn Hữu Đạt from the Vietnam Fruit and Vegetables Association emphasised the need to further improve post-harvest preservation and processing technologies to meet demands for quality and diverse products in foreign markets. — VNS