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Việt Nam: Deep processing will help the export of local agricultural products

Việt Nam's annual fruit and vegetable output has reached 31 million tons, but processing rates are only around 12 to 17 percent. As a result, the processing industry only meets about 8 to 10 percent of the fruit and vegetable output's annual output.

Experts said the lack of a processing industry had caused potential economic loss due to damaged fruits and vegetables after harvest.

Nong Ngoc Trung, Chairman of Golden Field Agriculture and Forestry Joint Stock Company, said: "A large agriculture industry without processing technology will be difficult for the consumption of agricultural products to succeed."

"For a long time, we consumed fruit products in fresh form. Meanwhile, transporting fresh fruit to the market faces many risks of loss, minimizing economic value. When importing Vietnamese fruits, other countries must also carry out the processing. If we process products right at the raw material area, the economic value will certainly increase," Trung said.


The director said the new drying technology was ten times cheaper than conventional technology and the output product has outstanding quality in color and taste. For example, 11 kg of fresh dragon fruit cost VND7,000-VND10,000, then dried into 1 kg of the finished product, priced at $15 or VND300,000. 

He added: "Dried fruit can be preserved for 24-36 months compared to only ten days of fresh fruit, giving businesses plenty of time to access the global supply chain."

To solve the problem of consuming post-harvest products and meeting fastidious markets, Trung's company owns a versatile drying technology, helping to diversify products and increase consumption time for products from agriculture to the fishery.

In particular, he said the drying system can be completely transported by container, easily transported across areas, even to remote areas. In addition, thanks to the advanced sterilization drying technology, fully controlled by 4.0 technology with a drying temperature range of 0-85 degrees Celsius, the company can dry 5-7 tons of agricultural products within 24 hours.


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