TP – Farmers and agricultural enterprises have just received good news when a series of Vietnamese agricultural products are continuously accepted by countries for official import. Many official products have a “visa” to export abroad at the end of the year, helping Vietnamese agricultural products to go upstream spectacularly and is forecast to continue to make miracles in the near future.
On November 28, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) in collaboration with the People’s Committee of Ben Tre province held a ceremony to officially export the first batch of green-skinned pomelo to the US. Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Tran Thanh Nam said that the US is the most difficult market today, but the demand for importing fresh fruits is still very large.
Therefore, this event is very important to help Vietnamese pomelos have the opportunity to access a large market, and at the same time help businesses and farmers earn higher profits from this specialty fruit.
According to Mr. Nam, pomelo is the 7th fruit of Vietnam allowed to be exported to the US, after mango, longan, litchi, dragon fruit, rambutan and breast milk.
“The official export of pomelos to the US is the result of long-term negotiation efforts of the specialized agencies between the two sides and the persistent companionship of the Vietnamese pomelo producers and exporters community. , affirming the prestige of Vietnamese agricultural products is increasingly enhanced in the world market”, Mr. Nam shared.
Ms. Ngo Tuong Vy, Director of Chanh Thu Fruit Import-Export Co., Ltd – the unit in charge of exporting the first batch of pomelos to the US, said that the product entering the US market has contributed to increasing the export turnover of medium-sized pomelos. increase the prestige of Vietnamese fruit products.
After entering the US market, Vietnamese pomelo has a great opportunity to expand to conquer other markets such as Australia, New Zealand, Japan and China. In the coming time, the company’s goal is to bring pomelos to large supermarket chains such as Costco and Walmart.
Not only pomelos, recently, Vietnamese agricultural products have continuously received a series of good news when many major agricultural products have been approved for official export to some fastidious markets.
According to the Plant Protection Department (MARD), from the end of November, lemons and grapefruits will officially have a “visa” for export to New Zealand. Longan will go to Japan and become the 4th fruit allowed to be exported to this market.
Dang Phuc Nguyen, General Secretary of the Vietnam Fruit and Vegetable Association, said that as of October, Vietnam’s fruit and vegetable export turnover reached US$2.75 billion (down 8%) over the same period last year. In the first months of 2022, due to the impact of China’s tightening of import regulations, the fruit and vegetable industry struggled, at one point falling nearly 20%.
However, the fact that a series of agricultural products in the last months of the year have been licensed for official export are helping the fruit and vegetable industry to have a chance to turn around spectacularly. After durian was licensed for official export to China, the export of this item spiked when it reached more than 20,000 tons in just a few months. Selling price increased 3 times, sometimes up to 80-100 thousand VND/kg.
Mr. Tran Ngoc Tam, Chairman of the People’s Committee of Ben Tre province, said that out of 7 Vietnamese fruit products exported to the US, Ben Tre has 3 products including: Grapefruit, Longan, Rambutan.
With an area of about 10,000 hectares of pomelo growing, with an annual output of over 200,000 tons, the province has guided and supported people to take care of pomelo gardens according to safety and quality standards. At the same time, pay attention to the plant quarantine subjects that the US side is interested in; building planting areas, organizing preliminary processing and packing after harvest, ensuring compliance with regulations. Currently, the whole province has been granted 25 area codes for growing green skin pomelos for export to the EU and the US.
Chairman of the People’s Committee of Ben Tre province said that the agricultural sector of Ben Tre has an intensive and modern development orientation associated with scientific and technical progress; especially aiming to export key products in potential export markets.
Upgrading preservation technology
As one of the first enterprises eligible to export pomelos officially to the US, Mr. Nguyen Dinh Tung, General Director of Vina T&T Group shared, the company is very happy to continuously receive information about a series of Vietnamese fruits. Nam officially exports officially to fastidious markets.
In the past few days, businesses have been busy preparing many shipments for export, responding to the event. However, according to Mr. Tung, the peculiarity of fresh fruit is that it quickly spoils while exporting to the US, Europe, etc., which takes a long time, so to successfully conquer the markets requires businesses to invest in articles. copies, especially in upgrading preservation technology for long-term transportation.
The general secretary of the Vietnam Fruit and Vegetable Association said that Vietnamese fruits in the US market are evaluated as delicious and of good quality, but they have to compete with many products from countries near the US with lower logistics costs. Therefore, in the long run, businesses have to invest in deep processing technology to create other products such as juice, grapefruit essential oil, etc.
Hoang Trung, Director of the Plant Protection Department, said that the opening of the market and the signing of protocols for official export of a wide range of agricultural products will create motivation for Vietnamese farmers to produce specialized products. more professional, more methodical and larger scale. However, at present, Vietnamese agricultural products must meet dozens of strict standards from other countries.