Vegetable, fruit exceeds rice export for first time

Vegetable and fruit export turnover reached US$2.3 billion on December 15, topping the rice export turnover of $2.1 billion for the first time, according to the General Department of Vietnam Customs.

Thieu litchi, a specialty of the northern province of Bac Giang province, is processed at an irradiation plant in Hanoi for exports to Australia (Photo: SGGP)

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said that vegetable and fruit exports have quickly increased for the last decade.

Vietnam exported these products to 36 countries and territories,  bringing the turnover of $235 million in 2005. In 2015, the number increased to 60 nations and territories, up 123 percent over 2014 and 782 percent over 2005.a

China has been the largest market accounting for 70.4 percent of Vietnam’s export turnover. It has been followed by South Korea, the US and Japan with 10 percent of the total turnover.

Besides Vietnam has expanded the fruit market to other countries such as Canada, Australia, New Zealand and European nations.

By Ham Luong – Translated by Hai Mien

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