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Vietnam must be more active in exporting fruit

Nguyen Quy Duong, deputy director of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Plant Protection Department, spoke with Hải quan (Customs) newspaper about China’s import policies and the need to improve the quality of Vietnamese fruits to meet stricter standards.

When asked about the fruits that have been exported to the Chinese market since the beginning of the year, Duong said the following:  "Vietnam has exported nine types of fresh fruits to China: dragon fruit, watermelon, lychee, longan, banana, mango, jackfruit, rambutan and mangosteen."

"On April 26, the two countries signed a protocol to export mangosteen and dairy products from Vietnam to China.
Last May, China revealed the new policy requiring exported Vietnamese fruits to have codes for origin traceability and codes indicating their packaging facilities. Currently, Vietnam has 1,300 codes of origin traceability and more than 1,435 codes for packaging facilities."

"Fruits may be stuck at the border gate due to the bumper crops and large export volumes, but this is not because of a lack of communication between enterprises and China. The difficulties are mainly in fruits which have large export volumes to China but do not meet export standards. Durian and coconut are among these fruits."

"Nationwide, about 47,000 hectares of land is used to grow durian. The fruit has brought high profits over the last two years.
Last year, one hectare of durian with an average yield of about 20 tonnes could bring in more than VNĐ 1 billion (US$43,000) for a household. The fruit was priced at up to VNĐ70,000 ($2.8) per kilogramme."

"In the past, Vietnamese durian has been mostly exported to China. This year, that has not been possible due to the higher export standards."

To read the full interview, please click here.

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