Việt Nam exports first batch of pomelos to the US

November 28, 2022 - 15:46
Việt Nam’s first batch of pomelos will be exported to the US from southern Bến Tre Province on Monday. Pomelo is the 7th fresh fruit of Việt Nam being allowed to export to the US market.
The ceremony of exporting the first batch of Vietnamese fresh pomelos to the US market in Bến Tre Province on Monday. — VNA/VNS Photo

BẾN TRE — Việt Nam’s first batch of pomelos was exported to the United States from southern Bến Tre Province on Monday at a ceremony organised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the provincial People's Committee.

After nearly six years of negotiations, the US market is unlocked to Việt Nam's fresh pomelos. Bến Tre is the first locality to export this fruit to the US.

Nguyễn Minh Cảnh, deputy chairman of Bến Tre Province's People's Committee, said pomelos exported to the US market need to go through a very arduous process of cultivation and preservation.

Currently, Bến Tre has an area of ​​​​9,440 hectares of pomelo (accounting for more than 34 per cent of the province's fruit cultivation area) with an annual output of nearly 90,000 tonnes. However, due to very strict export standards of the US market, the rate of pomelos qualified for export to the US is low, for example at only 10 per cent in Châu Thành District. Therefore, the gardeners here have suggested the authority build a model of pomelo cultivation areas that meet the US standards, helping increase the rate of qualified goods to 80-90 per cent.

All pomelo batches shipped to the US will be irradiated at US-recognised irradiation establishments under the supervision of the US Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the Plant Protection Department.

Ngô Tường Vy, general director of Chánh Thu Fruit Import-Export Group JSC, said pomelo is also grown in the United States, thus their pest control requirements are very strict. Businesses have spent a lot of time training farmers as well as changing the farming process to meet these requirements as well as improving the linkage chain.

“Chánh Thu's goal is to bring Vietnamese pomelos into US large supermarket chains such as Costco and Walmart,” Vy said.

Pomelo is the 7th fresh fruit of Việt Nam allowed to be exported to the US market, following mango, longan, lychee, dragon fruit, rambutan and star apple. — VNS