Fruit and vegetable exports are currently behind timber, wood products and seafood in the group of agro-forestry-fishery products; ranked 8th out of 45 key export products of the country.
Notably, in the first months of the year, while the export of two “trump cards” of the agricultural industry, seafood and timber, fell sharply, the export of vegetables and fruits has continuously set new records. More Vietnamese fruits have been “exported”.
The number of fruit and vegetable exports as of the first half of July has nearly exceeded the export value of vegetables and fruits by about 3.16 billion USD for the whole year of 2022. Of which, durian, mango, dragon fruit, and banana are the contributing products. largest turnover.
If in the remaining months of the year, fruit and vegetable exports maintain the average turnover achieved in the past 7 months, then the whole year 2023 is expected to reach nearly 5.4 billion USD, up 59.2% (2 billion USD). USD) compared to 2022.
This number is very likely because the potential export market for vegetables and fruits is expanding, especially markets that have signed a free trade agreement (FTA) with Vietnam. In the first months of the year, Vietnamese vegetables and fruits were present in 27 major markets, 15 of which reached over 10 million USD, especially 3 markets with over 100 million USD (China, the US, and South Korea). .
Besides, recently, the Department of Animal and Plant Health Quarantine (APHIS) of the US Department of Agriculture has just sent a letter to the Plant Protection Department (Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development) informing about the US opening the market to the US. coconut (no fiber) of Vietnam. The results show that the Vietnamese skullcap coconut meets the requirements of the US side for processed products and has a negligible risk of spreading plant pests. Therefore, Vietnamese producers can start exporting coconut skulls to the US.
The Vietnam Fruit and Vegetable Association said that the opportunity to export vegetables and fruits to China – one of the largest markets for Vietnamese vegetables and fruits is very open when over time, Vietnam and China have signed many protocols. export for agricultural products. In particular, durian exports to the Chinese market “boomed” with a turnover of up to 1.5 billion USD.
Banana exports are also very positive. Thanks to the protocol signed with China in November 2022, banana exports are expected to increase by hundreds of millions of dollars this year. Besides, if including the increased demand for bananas from Japan, Korea, the Middle East, etc., in 2023, banana exports can bring in a revenue of 700-800 million USD.
From now to the end of the year, it is forecasted that in the third and fourth quarters, there will be nearly 7.6 million tons of main fruits to be consumed such as mango, banana, dragon fruit, pineapple, orange, longan, durian, jackfruit, avocado. … Thus, it can be seen that the supply of fruit is and will be very abundant, meeting export orders in the near future.
Besides, due to better output, over time, the agricultural sector has had a transformation in crop structure. Currently, the area of fruit trees across the country reaches over 650,000 hectares; Many kinds of vegetables and fruits are being newly planted, processed and exported on a fairly large scale such as durian, litchi, pineapple…
In order to export vegetables and fruits with more advantages, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is promoting the granting of planting area codes and packing facilities for businesses. In addition, to encourage cooperatives and business establishments to strongly change the thinking of agricultural production to an agricultural economy, strengthen the direction of developing ecological, green and circular agriculture…
Experts also recommend that, in addition to promoting the granting of planting area codes, localities also need to well control those codes to minimize fraud in planting area codes, affecting the brand of vegetables and fruits. Vietnam exports.