According to the Lao Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, the country earned 560 million U.S. dollars in 2019 by exporting agricultural products, with 80 percent of the goods being sold to China. However, the Laos government is cooperating with different sectors and entrepreneurs to improve the quality of agricultural products in order to increase exports to China even more. China remains the largest market for exports from Laos.
In addition to this, the ministry has successfully negotiated market opportunities and regulated hygienic conditions for export crops and related products, including rice, corn, cassava, bananas, watermelons and sweet potatoes, to China.
Currently, the ministry is coordinating with the General Administration of Customs of China to draft conditions and specifications for the export of dried tobacco leaves, passion fruit and oranges.
The two sides are also preparing documentation on market openings for durian, longan, dragon fruit and jackfruit, said the report.