Vietnam: Mangoes still being exported to US

On May 18, the provincial People’s Committee and Chanh Thu Export Import Company organized a ceremony to announce export of the first ton of Cat Hoa Loc mango from the province to the US market.

Leaders of the Plant Protection Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Southern Horticultural Research Institute, An Giang province and fruit export firms, cooperatives and farmers were present at the event.

Deputy chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Tran Anh Thu said it was good news and good signal for the province’s fruit industry as mangoes were exported to such a big and strict market as the US.

To obtain the success on that day, authorized agencies in the province had previously worked with the Plant Protection Department together with Cho Moi, Tri Ton and Tinh Bien districts, export firms and farmers to produce mangoes under safe and clean standards to meet requirements from strict markets including the US.

Mr Nguyen Sy Lam, director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said that mango farming area in An Giang approximates 9,700 hectares. Of these, 7,000 hectares have been bearing fruits with the output of 95,000 tons a year. The main crop provides 70-80 percent of output while unseasonal crop makes up 20-30 percent. The area of mango production under VietGAP quality standard is about 193 hectares with the total output of 1,900 tons a year.

According to¸ in April, Dong Thap province exported the first eight tons of mango to the US. Afterwards, tens of tons of the fruit from Vinh Long province were shipped to the market.

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