Pham Sanh Chau, the Vietnamese Ambassador to India, has urged the Indian government to create favourable conditions, remove tariff and non-tariff barriers, and simplify administrative procedures in order to facilitate the two countries' access to each other's markets.
The ambassador appealed to India to open its market for a number of Vietnamese fruits such as longan, grapefruit, durian, and rambutan among others. The major focus was on increasing the purchase of dragon fruit, Vietnam's leading agricultural export to the rest of the world.
Based on data from India-based research firm Vietnam produced 11,98,854 tons of the fruit, also known as pitahaya, in 2019. The estimated export value was about USD 450 million. The production of the fruit, mainly in Binh Thuan, Long An, and Tien Giang provinces, is expected to grow at a CAGR (compounded annual growth rate) of 6 per cent.
In Vietnam, the total area used for growing the dragon fruit is approximately 50,000 hectares with the white-flesh variety accounting for more than 95 percent of production and the red-flesh variety for 4.5 percent.
For Vietnam, the Indian market, along with that of New Zealand, Australia, and Chile, however, is comparatively new, even as China, Thailand, and Indonesia are the main export destinations of the egg-shaped fruit. India too cultivates the fruit in Tripura, Maharashtra, Karnataka, and West Bengal.