“We are teaching farmers to use mango harvesting machines”

The weather conditions in Vietnam have not been good this year. Agricultural products experienced erratic rain and sunshine. One Vietnam mango exporter has witnessed more residue and black spots on his fruit in the last two months, but he expects product quality to improve again by the end of November.

Mr. Tran is the manager of Vietnam fruit export company MTAS. “Keo mango, Cat chu mango and R2E2 mango are our main varieties. We supply Cat Chu the whole year round, and the sales season of Keo and R2E2 are from September until May. R2E2 mango is the most popular variety planted in Vietnam. This type of mango has a small core, moderate sweetness and characteristic aroma. The weather conditions in Vietnam are favorable for the production of R2E2. The hot and sunny weather can kill the bacteria and the sunlight gives the fruit a very pretty and reddish color,” said Mr. Tran.

China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Russia are MTAS’s main markets. At the moment, the FOB price of Keo mango is 8 usd/box of 5kg, for Cat Chu mango the price is 12.5 usd/box of 5kg, and for R2E2 mangoes the price is 12 usd/box of 5kg. These prices have risen in the last few months, but they are quite similar compared with the same period last year. China is the biggest market for Vietnamese mangoes. 90% of Vietnamese R2E2 mangoes are exported to China. There is a rumor that Cambodian mangoes might be allowed to export to China soon. But I do not see this as a threat because transportation will be a big challenge for the Cambodian importers, and Vietnamese mangoes have a long history and they are better-known among Chinese consumers.”

“We see the increasing demand in the EU market, so we are planning to start exporting R2E2 mangoes to the EU. At the moment, we are contracting with several local orchards under GLOBAL GAP standards. The challenge we are facing is that most Vietnamese farmers are harvesting mangoes manually instead of using machines. Harvesting manually often causes sap and burn, which will negatively affect fruit quality. We are guiding the farmers in the use of harvesting machines like Australian farmers are doing, and we hope to upgrade the Vietnamese mango industry to a higher level,” said Mr. Tran.

MTAS is a professional exporter of exotic fruits in Vietnam. Besides mangoes, the company exports more than 30 items under the brand “VAS”. The company cooperates with large chain supermarkets such as Coop-mart, Satra and Aeon Citimart.

For more information:

DIEN TRAN
MTAS
Tel.: +849 33 68 05 36
Email: dien.tran@mtas.com.vn


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