Vietnam bans wheat import because of noxious weed seed

Vietnamese quarantine agencies have spotted noxious cirsium arvense seed in wheat imported to Vietnam, so the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has banned wheat import to the country.

According to the General Department of Vietnam Customs, Vietnamese businesses imported 3.13 million tons of wheat worth US$743 million in the first seven months this year, up 2.2 percent in volume and 16.6 percent in value compared to the same period last year.
Explaining reason for the ban at a forum yesterday, Mr. Le Son Tra, head of Plant Quarantine Division under the ministry's Plant Protection Department said that the weed seed was prone to harm the environment and farming production of Vietnam.
Many wheat consignments shipped to Vietnam from Russia, the US, Canada and Australia might be re-exported in the upcoming time because of the ban order.

By VAN PHUC – Translated by Hai Mien

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