HA NOI — The Task Force on ASEAN Standards for Horticultural Produce and Other Food Crops yesterday opened its annual meeting in Ha Noi.
At the four-day gathering, experts will discuss the improvement of regional standards for agricultural products to ensure harmony with international standards. Ten draft standards will be discussed while five completely new ones will be drawn up.
To date, 19 ASEAN standards have already been adopted for vegetables and tropical fruits. Four relating to mango, pineapple, banana and durian will be reviewed to access their impacts on trade.
The task force also plans to frame ASEAN standards for star fruit, cocoa, tea, mushrooms, peanuts and sweet potato. These standards will then be proposed at the Special Senior Officials Meeting of ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry (SOM/AMAF) for approval within this year.
The applications of the ASEAN standards would help increase the quality of agricultural products of member countries and their competitiveness in regional and international markets, said Hoang Thi Dung from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
In the first quarter of this year, agricultural exports earned US$5.9 billion, meeting over 20 per cent of the target set for the year. — VNS