Fruit, vegetable export turnover to reach US$600 million in 2011

Figures released at an international conference on Vietnamese tropical fruits and vegetables organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday revealed export turnovers to reach US$600 million this year.

Abundance of Vietnamese fruit varieties has satisfied fastidious foreign markets like the US (Photo: U. Phuong)

The Vietnam Fruit and Vegetable Association (Vinafruit) said by late October, the country’s vegetable and fruit export turnover will hit US$515 million, an increase of 40.6 percent from the entire volume exported in 2010 and much higher than the yearly target of $470 million.

 Export turnover from Vietnamese fruits and vegetables is therefore expected to hit US$ 600 million in 2011.

Nguyen Huu Dat, director of Post Entry Quarantine Center No.2 under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, said at the  conference that export of Vietnamese fruits increased after the US decided to import more varieties of Vietnamese fruits, as Vietnamese fruits have satisfied the requirements of this fastidious foreign market.

After the first shipment of dragon fruit reached the US, Vietnamese longan, lychee and rambutan have also entered the US, said Dat.

Rambutan export volumes to the US have risen from only 2 containers per week to 20 containers a week as the unseasonal fruit is not competitive with the Thai variety.

In the future, mango and star apple will also be shipped to the US.

At present, Vietnamese fruits and vegetables are exported to 50 countries and territories around the world.

By D.C. P - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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