Vietnam agriculture needs reforms to reach higher export values

As tightening import regulations from importing countries would affect Vietnam's agricultural exports, especially fruits, the local agricultural industry is being forced to re-organise production, according to experts.

China is boosting food safety inspections, quarantine and traceability for imported goods, certainly on fresh, chilled and processed agricultural products, says the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Meanwhile, the Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety has a list of requirements for enterprises exporting food.

If Vietnamese enterprises do not meet those requirements, they will struggle to export local farming and food products to those markets, especially fresh fruits, according to experts.

Nguyen Manh Hung, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Nafoods Joint Stock Company, a firm that exports processed fruits to 60 markets, said Vietnamese enterprises must have a strategy to overcome trade barriers.

Hung said Vietnam wanted to become an agricultural product supplier on the world market and to reach the target, the agricultural sector must build a value chain system to link all stages together, especially the processing stage. The sector also must digitise material regions for efficient traceability.


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