Vietnam lowers fruit export targets to $3.83 billion
In his opening remarks at a seminar titled “Promoting the sustainable development of fruit farming in southern localities,” held today, March 15, in the Mekong Delta province of Long An, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Quoc Doanh noted that the country has reported high fruit export growth in recent years.
In 2003, the country generated merely $151 million from fruit exports. The figure surged to $1 billion in 2013 and $3.8 billion last year, Doanh added.
Regarding the low target this year, Tran Van Cong, deputy director of the Department of Farm Produce Processing and Market Development, remarked that Vietnam’s fruits were shipped to 55 markets, with 14 markets reporting export annual revenue of over $20 million each; five markets, $10-20 million; and 36 others, $1-10 million.
Now China, which contributes 81% of Vietnam’s fruit export earnings, has issued regulations on traceability and product quality. Moreover, some other import markets, such as the European Union, have set up more technical barriers on Vietnam’s fruits exported to their markets.
Meanwhile, several domestic fruit enterprises have failed to meet the requirements of some buyers, and have deliberately mixed unqualified products with eligible ones, affecting other enterprises and causing a high risk of losing markets.
Further, the application of the Vietnamese Good Agriculture Practice standards remains modest, Cong said. ■