According to the Việt Nam Fruit and Vegetables Association, the fruit and vegetable export volumes are unlikely to hit the target of US$4-5 billion that were originally set for this year. General secretary Đặng Phúc Nguyên said exports were worth $513 million in the first two months of this year, a year-on-year decline of 11.9 per cent. They were expected to be just over $3 billion for the full year, down from $3.74 billion in 2019, he said.
Exporters were striving to sell more to other markets to make up for the decline in shipments to China, he said.
Vietnamnews.vn quoted Nguyễn Hồng Sơn, president of the Việt Nam Academy of Agricultural Sciences, as saying: “In the last three years many markets with high-quality requirements such as the US, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and some Asian countries have opened their doors to many kinds of Vietnamese fruits. It is a good sign to prove to countries around the world that our products can fully meet the global market’s quality requirements.”
“But we need to enhance trade promotion programmes to further boost exports to foreign countries. Most fruits and vegetables are exported in fresh form, and enterprises need to invest more in processing facilities to meet market demand, particularly in Europe.”
According to Nguyên, to boost export to the US and Europe, cultivation methods must be changed to apply global good agriculture practices or higher.