Prices of Vietnamese fruits and vegetables have plummeted because they cannot be exported to China. In fruit centers, farmers are incurring big losses despite bountiful crops. The country is in high fruit harvesting season with the output expected to reach hundreds of thousands of tons. But, exports to China have got stuck because of Covid-19.
At purple sweet potato centers in Vinh Long and Dong Thap, the price has dropped drastically. The biggest problem is that if sweet potatoes cannot be sold, all the products will have to be thrown away as they will rot.
In the dragon fruit metropolis of Binh Thuan, merchants have not turned up to collect the fruit. The director of a dragon fruit export company said that demand from China has become weaker, which has led to a sharp price fall.
Jackfruit prices in Tien Giang, Dong Nai and Dak Lak have also dropped.