Experts suggest more fruit cultivation

Experts suggest more fruit cultivation (21-07-2009) A farmer harvests mandarin oranges in Lai Vung District of the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Dong Thap. — VNA/VNS Photo Van Tri HCM CITY — Dedicating large areas to growing certain special varieties of fruit trees will help Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta provinces exploit the massive global demand for fruits, experts have said. The Cultivation Department expects the global demand for fruit to grow 24 per cent in the next decade from around 2.9 million tonnes now. The US and the EU are expected to remain the biggest importers, consuming around 70 per cent. It says Viet Nam harvests around 6.5 million tonnes of fruit annually, 46 per cent of which is grown in the delta, including many special varieties that are highly popular in the domestic and overseas markets. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has already nominated nine of the special varieties for development in the delta for export. Five of them — Nam … [Read more...]

$2b in fruit and vegetable exports expected

Many other markets such as the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Australia and Canada have had high demand for the Vietnamese buoi hong da xanh (green-peel and pink-flesh) grapefruit. — File Photo HA NOI (Biz Hub) – Viet Nam expects to reach a total export value of US$2 billion for fruits and vegetables this year, an official of the Viet Nam Vegetable and Fruit Association (Vinafruit) said. Huynh Quang Dau, Vinafruit deputy chairman, said Viet Nam's export value of fruits and vegetables had seen strong growth in recent times, reported The export value reached $1.47 billion in 2014, much higher than the $500 million earned in 2013, due to the expansion of the export market. In the first quarter of this year, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) said the nation had gained a year-on-year increase of 13 per cent in the export value of fruits and vegetables, amounting to $274 million. The Southern Fruit Tree Research Institute said … [Read more...]


Japan calls for better development strategies Viet Nam needs to solve its problems of infrastructure development, human resources and institutions and policies to strengthen its industrialisation strategy from the perspective of Japanese industrial cooperation. This opinion was voiced by Japanese Ambassador to Viet Nam Yasuaki Tanizaki at the international conference on Viet Nam-Japan strategic co-operation to improve Viet Nam's industrial capacity, held in Ha Noi yesterday. At the conference, the State management agencies, scientists, Vietnamese and Japanese businesses examined the impact of Japanese investment on Viet Nam's industrial development, as well as challenges and solutions to industrial production in the country. Addressing the event, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh said that Japan was the most important partner country for Viet Nam with regard to foreign direct investment (FDI) as well as official development assistance (ODA) in the … [Read more...]

Blue dragon fruit prices soar in Tien Giang Province

Traders are paying a record high price of VND23,000-25,000 a kilogram for blue dragon fruit in Cho Gao District in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang, which specializes in growing blue dragon fruit. Blue dragon fruit being packed in Quon Long Commune of Cho Gao District in Tien Giang Province (Photo: VNA) Several traders have paid in advance at VND17,00-18,000 a kilogram for unripe blue dragon in Quon Long Commune in Cho Gao District. Tien Giang Province has more than 2,500 hectares of blue dragon cultivation with total output of nearly 40,000 tons a year, concentrated mainly in Cho Gao District. Blue dragon is one of seven fruits with a competitive advantage in Tien Giang Province and is moving to further enhance both quality and grip in the market. According to the Southern Fruit Tree Research Institute, blue dragon is an export fruit commodity with the highest and very steady growth rate. … [Read more...]

Australian expert praises Vietnam’s fruit trees

An Australian agricultural research expert has highlighted the quality of Vietnam’s fruit trees and the country’s achievements in creating high-quality fruit varieties for export. The CEO of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), Nick Austin, made the statement after working with the Southern Fruit Trees Research Institute and attending Vietnam ’s first fruit festival being held in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang from April 19-24. Austin also visited labs and test-growing areas of the Southern Fruit Trees Research Institute and trial bio-fertiliser fields in Cai Lay district. Agriculture cooperation is an important aspect in the Vietnam - Australia relationship. During the visit, Austin is scheduled to hold working sessions with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Ministry of Planning and Investment along with agricultural research institutes on donor cooperation in research and development in … [Read more...]

Regulations on exporting fruit to China only positive step

While farmers fear that they will meet difficulties in exporting fruit to China after July 1, 2009, government agencies have reassured them that the application of the regulations on tracing origins will benefit consumers of the two countries. Under the agreement signed between the two countries, Vietnamese fruit exported to China as of July 1 must have clean ‘resumes’ and meet stipulated requirements on food hygiene. While farmers complain about the complicated procedures they have to follow to export fruit to China, government agencies say that this should have been implemented a long time ago, as it benefits consumers and producers. According to Dr Nguyen Minh Chau, Head of the Southern Fruit Tree Research Institute, the requirements set by the Chinese side are the Viet GAP and Global GAP requirements which are applied in many countries in the world. The origin tracing of fruit is international practice, and it seems to be a bit late that the requirements are only … [Read more...]

Vietnamese Grapefruit Not Linked to Cancer

Dr. Nguyen Chan Hung, Director of the Tumors Hospital cum Chairman of the Cancer Association of Viet Nam, advised people to continue eating Vietnamese grapefruit in a talk with Sai Gon Giai Phong newspaper reporters. The talk took place after the mass media recently reported that daily grapefruit consumption raises women's risk of breast cancer based on research by foreign scientists. Scientists at the Universities of Southern California say that Citrus Paradisi may raise women's risk of breast cancer Dr. Hung said that a study pertaining to the matter by scientists at the Universities of Southern California in Los Angeles and Hawaii in Honolulu was released on the Cancer Research UK website. The study reported that eating as little as a quarter of a grapefruit a day may increase the risk of breast cancer in menopausal women. The findings come from data on 46,000 women taking part in a large lifestyle study of people from five ethnic/racial groups, 1,657 of whom had been diagnosed … [Read more...]

Closer co-operation could increase fruit production

Closer co-operation could increase fruit production (18-02-2006) HCM CITY — A closer link between farmers, local authorities, businesses and scientists would strengthen local fruit production, boosting Viet Nam's domestic and overseas sales. Vietnamese consumers tend to buy foreign fruits rather than those from Viet Nam, citing better quality and more colourful products, scientists said. Scientists however said that Vietnamese fruits are as tasty as their foreign counterparts, but advantages are being lost, as they are not grown with advanced methods of cultivation dependent on co-operation between farmers, local authorities, businesses, and scientists. The Southern Fruit Tree Research Institute (SFTRI) said that the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta, the country's rice and fruit basket, now has about 300,000 ha under fruit trees, but has no area specialising in cultivating fruit trees. Each local farming household in the delta has its own orchard and decides to plant whatever fruit … [Read more...]

For sweet fruit crops

Over the past ten years, the Southern Fruit-Tree Research Institute has obtained important achievements, thus contributing to the development of the two largest fruit-tree growing areas in the country, including the Mekong River delta and the eastern Nam Bo (Southern Vietnam), increasing the fruit-tree area in the South to nearly 400,000 ha, accounting for 50 percent of that (about 750,000 ha) in the whole country. The Institute's experimental houses where many high-yield varieties being created. The Institute's scientific cadres checking the quality of longan. The Institute's bio-technological laboratory. Japanese entomologist Ichonose exchanging his experiences with the Institute's scientific cadres. The Institute's multiplying garden which provides many rare and precious varieties to southern areas. Over the past ten years, the Southern Fruit-Tree Research Institute has obtained important achievements, thus contributing to the development of the two largest fruit-tree growing … [Read more...]

Improving fruit quality for export development

(VEN) - The Mekong Delta is well suited for fruit tree cultivation. There are more than 300,000 hectares of fruit trees in the region. It is renowned for its Hoa Loc mango, Lai Vung mandarin orange, Nam Roi pomelo, Lo Ren star apple, Chin Hoa durian and Cai Mon rambutan. Although these high quality products are renowned their export still faces difficulties.Forming areas specializing in fruit tree cultivation The Government had a plan for forming areas specializing in fruit tree cultivation nationwide in 1999, giving priority to the Mekong Delta. Many fruit tree co-operatives, including Hoa Loc Mango Co-operative in Cai Be District in Tien Giang Province, Vinh Kim Lo Ren Star Apple Co-operative in Tien Giang Province, Lai Vung Mandarin Orange Co-operative in Dong Thap Province and others, were operating less effectively. Without a proper interpretation of benefits to be brought in by satisfaction of VietGAP and GlobalGAP standards, farmers in the region were not willing to apply these … [Read more...]

Vietnamese star apple proposed for world record

(VOV) - The Vietnam Record Organization has submitted a profile to the Asian Record Organization and the Guinness World Record Organization to recognise '"Vietnam as the only country in the world that exports star apples.'" Top ten Vietnamese dishes win Asian records The star apple has been used for centuries and the Lo Ren star apple is a favourite variety with customers around the world. The Vinh Kim Lo Ren Star Apple Co-operative exports more than 10 tonnes of star apples to the UK and Canada each year. It plans to ship 50 tonnes to Russia and Germany alone in 2012. Businesses in the southern provinces are expanding to export the fruit to the US and other countries in Asia. Vietnam is currently the only country in the world that is exporting the fruit. Other countries such as Cambodia, the Philippines, India, Thailand and Australia plant star apples only for domestic use. … [Read more...]

Trade deals expected to boost exports

A container is loaded at Tien Sa Port in Da Nang City. This year, Viet Nam's exports are forecast to rise by 10 per cent as the country expands into new markets and trade deals offer new opportunities. — VNA/VNS Photo Le Lam HA NOI (VNS)— Viet Nam's exports in 2014 are predicted to increase 10 per cent to US$145 billion thanks to an expansion into new markets and greater opportunities from new trade deals. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, which includes Viet Nam, is currently being finalised, while five rounds of negotiations on a free trade agreement between Viet Nam and the European Union (EU) were concluded recently. Other trade agreements are also expected to be concluded this year. The opportunities for Vietnamese exporters to increase their market share will increase enormously as the 12 countries involved in the TPP agreement make up 40 per cent of global GDP and over 30 per cent of the total world export-import revenue, according to the minister of Industry and … [Read more...]

Vegetable, fruit exports soar towards goal

Exports of vegetables and fruits for the year up to September 15 shot up by 46.7 per cent year-on-year to US$724 million, according to the customs department.— Photo dna HCM CITY (Biz Hub)— Exports of vegetables and fruits for the year up to September 15 shot up by 46.7 per cent year-on-year to US$724 million, according to the customs department. The Viet Nam Fruit Association (Vinafruit) suggested that Viet Nam is on course to achieve the year's target of $1 billion. Many distributors and supermarkets from Singapore, China, the Middle East, Europe, and the US discovered Viet Nam's potential to export fruits at the 2013 Asia Fruit Logistica in Hong Kong earlier this month. —VNS … [Read more...]

Fruit, veggie exports may reach US$1 billion this year

VGP - The Viet Nam Fruit Association (Vinafruit) has set the target of US$1 billion for fruit and vegetable exports in 2013. Illustration photo Last year, the sector's export value reached US$770 million, up 30% against 2011. Its biggest export markets included China, Italy, Japan, the US and Russia. Thanks to high export growth, Viet Nam has advanced into the world's five biggest fruit and vegetable exporters. Its fruit and vegetable enterprises are improving quality of their products regarding food safety and hygiene to raise their competitiveness in the international markets. Since 2005, the export turnover of fruits and vegetables has annually increased fairly high, about US$300 million per year./. By Ngoc Van … [Read more...]

Profits ripe for the picking for nation’s fruit farmers

VietNamNet Bridge - Viet Nam Fruit Association vice chairman Huynh Quang Dau told Thoi Bao Kinh Te Viet Nam (Vietnam Economic Times) that fruit farmers could prosper if they paid more attention to market demand. What was the situation of fruit exports last year? Viet Nam eyed many export markets last year, but unfavourable weather led to failure of crops and we failed to meet the demand. However, in general, fruit exports increased by 3 per cent compared to 2009 in both quantity and turnover. Viet Nam and other WTO countries are committed to reduce tariffs on fruit exports, which has helped Vietnamese enterprises a lot, proven by the reduction of tariffs from 15 to 5 per cent, or even tax exemption on fruit exports. In this year's policy on the export sector, the association will encourage fruit producers and enterprises to meet the increasing demands of consumers and thus make more profit for exporters. The association will also enhance co-operation with partner … [Read more...]

Fruit exports need gov’t help: official

Fruit exports need gov't help: official (23-06-2007) HCM CITY — Viet Nam's fruit export industry is falling behind Thailand and not meeting its potential, according to a senior official from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. "The industry needs to make major changes to be able to compete globally," Dinh Van Huong, chairman of the Viet Nam Fruit Association (VFA), said during a seminar in HCM City on Monday on expanding the export market for southern fruits. An association report said the industry lacked a master plan and suffered from chaotic organisation and a poor distribution network. "The investment in labour and raw materials is very high. The poor processing technology for post-harvesting and the infrequent use of machinery for cultivation have restricted the development of the sector," Huong added. The industry was plagued with outdated planting techniques, unproductive fruit seeds, high transport charges, a lack of a professional preservation system … [Read more...]

Produce Exporters Check Out Hong Kong

A delegation from the Viet Nam Fruits Association (VFA) led by VFA president Dr. Vo Mai have met with a dozen of Hong Kong's produce traders in the hope of expanding their markets. Blue dragons are one of Vietnamese fruits which Hong Kong consummers are interested in (Photo: Thuy Hang). The hosts showed particular interest in blue dragons, beets, taro, ginger, chili and sweet potatoes, which grow easily in the tropics and are cheap and readily available in Viet Nam. On the more technical level, they discussed such common problems as late payment, stable quantity, quality and species. The upshot of the meeting is that several Vietnamese exporters could find themselves doing regular business with Hong Kong. Said Dr. Mai succinctly afterwards, "Viet Nam has the orchards, Hong Kong has the big market." No doubt Hong Kong's close proximity to Viet Nam and its similar climate are favorable factors, since transportation and preservation should be that much easier, she added. Due to the … [Read more...]

Good growing methods crucial to boosting dragon fruit exports to EU

Good growing methods crucial to boosting dragon fruit exports to EU (15-07-2006) A farmer takes care of his dragon fruit crop in Ham Thuan District, Binh Thuan Province. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Long HCM CITY — Vietnamese dragon fruit growers must improve current farming practices if they are to export a greater number of this kind of cactus fruits to the discerning European market, said an industry insider. Vo Mai, chairwoman of the Viet Nam Fruit Association said that sticking to traditional cultivation methods would prevent local dragon fruit from gaining a firm foothold in Europe, where customers are accustomed to high quality standards. Unlike Viet Nam's main Asian market in China, where consumers prefer large-sized and colourful dragon fruit, European customers have different tastes and are more concerned with the quality of the fruit, she added. Mai said that EU consumers don't necessarily need to see the bright colours of the fruit, but what's more important is … [Read more...]

Local fruit, veggies falter on world market

Local fruit, veggies falter on world market (25-03-2006) Workers of Dong Giao Foodstuff Export Company operate a production line to process canned pineapple. — VNA/VNS Photo Dinh Hue HA NOI — The increasingly-high cost of raw materials has created a dilemma for domestic fruit and vegetable exporters. Export businesses must now decide whether to continue purchasing expensive raw materials or temporally halt operations to avoid major losses. While increased prices for pineapples have been profitable for growers, exporters are missing out on the action. Pham Hong Thai, director of the HCM City Export Grain Company, estimated that pineapple prices have increased by VND400 per kg over the last year. As a result, businesses specialising in processing the fruit for export were experiencing losses. Nearly 6kg of raw pineapples, at a cost of VND1,300 per kg, are needed to make 1kg of export-ready pineapple. Existing export prices, meanwhile, hover around VND12,000 per … [Read more...]

Experts want Mekong Delta to improve fruit production

Experts want Mekong Delta to improve fruit production (24-11-2005) Farmers of Quang Ngai Province's Mo Duc District harvest watermelons. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Long MEKONG DELTA — While Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta has prospered as Viet Nam's major rice producing area, the region was yet to tap its potential as the largest fruit producing area of the country. The delta, which produces a range of fruits, was lagging behind in finding markets abroad for its produce, and experts have called for better co-operation between farmers, State, enterprises and scientists for effective co-operation and building trademarks for the delta's fruits. According to Dr Nguyen Minh Chau from the Southern Institute for Fruit Tree Research, the delta cultivates many special fruits such as Nam Roi grapefruit , Chin Hoa durian, Hoa Loc mango, Chu mango and Vinh Kim star apple in over 253,000ha, making it the largest fruit producing region in the country. Provinces like Tien Giang, which has 23 … [Read more...]