Veggies, fruit export turnover reaches US$2.2 bil

The General Customs Department said that veggies and fruit export turnover in 2015 reached US$2.2 billion, an increase of 47 percent compared to last year. Moreover, Vietnamese fruits have gradually penetrated the world markets such as the US, European countries and Japan.

Farmers in the Mekong delta province of Hau Giang harvest pineapple (Photo: SGGP)

Sai Gon Giai Phong had a talk with Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Minh Chau, former head of the Institute of Southern Fruit over the potential of Vietnamese fruit export in the future.

Dr. Chau said that he is very happy over the achievement in breakthrough in  growing and exporting vegetables and fruits.  Vietnamese fruits are favored by many nations in the world thanks to farmers’ applied production model as per GlobalGAP and VietGAP standards.

Additionally, farmers in the Mekong delta are more skillful in  growing unseasonable fruits namely orange, mandarin, rambutan, durian, and mango helping them have higher income. Rice-growing just generates income of VND30 million (US$ 1,333) per hectare per year, fruits growing with higher income from 300-500 million (US$13,338-22,230) per hectare a year.

The Southeast Asian country has many internationally- famous fruits such as Hoa Loc mango, green-skinned grapefruit, Vinh Kim star apple, purple Taiwanese papaya and Queen pineapple. However, local authorities have not planned to develop the large-scale fields for specific fruits; accordingly sometimes exporters could not take large orders from local partners. 

To fix shortcomings and promote export for domestic fruits in the next time, the governments need to build warehouses, packaging factories and offices to help farmers. In addition, cooperatives must have supermarkets where consumers can buy fruits directly from farmers with a low-selling price.

By Ngoc Dan - Translated by Anh Quan

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