A delegation of firms from Singapore was expected to visit Việt Nam at the end of this month to seek fruit and vegetable suppliers, as imports from China were declining due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Việt Nam's fruit and vegetable exports dropped 0.6 per cent year-on-year to US$3.5 billion in the first 11 months this year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
A seminar on horticulture and floriculture exports titled 'New movement in Asian and European markets' was held by the organisers of HortEx Vietnam in Hà Nội on Thursday.
Việt Nam saw a 4.3-per-cent decline in vegetable and fruit export value during the first nine months of this year.
Proper zoning and more investment for processing are among the measures needed to develop sustainable production of dragon fruit in the country, experts have said.
Việt Nam’s fruit export value in 2018 reached nearly US$4 billion, with fruit sent to big markets like the US, Europe and Japan.
Việt Nam’s exports of farm products, fruits and vegetables in particular, have been rising consistently. But they are exported mainly as raw and fresh items, offering low value addition.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has posted an introduction to the benefits of dragon fruit, a key export of Việt Nam.