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Vietnamese dragon fruit exports set to skyrocket

Staff writer |
As a result of Taiwan's agreement to reopen its doors to Vietnamese white flesh dragon fruit exports from June 2016, shipments of the fruit abroad are now expected to shoot up.

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In March 2009, Taiwan completely suspended the import of Vietnamese dragon fruit over concerns of melon fly disease. It was said the flies that eat guava could inhabit the fruit and enter Taiwan, reports the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

At that time, Vietnam exported around 15,000-16,000 tonnes of dragon fruits to Taiwan annually.

Dragon fruit is favoured for exports thanks to its long preserving term (40 days) and low cost of transportation by sea route ($0.2-$0.3 per kilogramme).

Australia has officially commenced a review to import fresh dragon fruit from Vietnam into its market.

According to a press release published by the Australian Embassy in Vietnam on April 27, fresh dragon fruit is one of the agricultural products given top priority to access Australia.

In the first six months of the year, Vietnam sold 4,610 tonnes of fruit in foreign markets, 72 percent of which was dragon fruit. Vietnam exported over one million tonnes of dragon fruit in 2015.