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Vietnam PM seeks better logistics for fruit and vegetable exports

Speaking at a forum titled “Market Development for Fruit and Vegetables, and Solutions for the Development of Logistics Systems for Agriculture and Rural Areas” held in Dong Thap province on December 18, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc urged the Mekong Delta region to improve logistics to increase fruit and vegetable exports to global markets.

Phuc urged the region to continue to keep up with new trends in the global market and to take advantage of the fourth industrial revolution and apply advanced technologies in farming to produce the best quality fruit and vegetables.

According to vietnamnet.vn, the ratio of logistic costs to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in Vietnam is 20.8 percent. The average ratio of logistics costs to GDP globally is 11.7 percent.

The major hurdles include an underdeveloped infrastructure and an overloaded road network. Thus it becomes essential for businesses and farmers to build production chains of safe fruits and vegetables and use hi-tech agriculture in order to reach the export target of 3 billion USD by the end of this year.

Around 40 kinds of Vietnamese fruits and vegetables are exported to 40 countries and territories, including major export markets such as mainland China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the US, Malaysia and Thailand.

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