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 kinhtenongthon.com.vn. 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...]

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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 Vietnamese agriculture and … [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 now beginning … [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

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(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...]

Promoting Vietnamese agro-produce through PPPs

Vietnam’s farming sector has been transformed over the last five years through the public-private partnership model between the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and various multinationals. This strategy has proved incredibly useful in promoting "made-in-Vietnam" agricultural products in many demanding markets across Europe. A new vision in farming The "new vision in farming" initiative was launched by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in 2010 in Vietnam and has since involved the participation of 11 different countries and 20 major global corporations. These public-private partnership (PPP) projects have been quite successful in Vietnam, with working groups involved in fisheries, coffee, tea, fruits and vegetables, general commodities, and agro-business financing. Vice Minister of MARD Ha Cong Tuan speaking at the Task Force Meeting on PP Task Force on Sustainable Agricultural Growth in Vietnam PPP projects in these sectors have involved international … [Read more...]

Role of FDI in Agribusiness Development

Agribusiness is a vital pillar of the Vietnamese economy with a high potential for growth. However, the inflow of FDI remains low in this sector despite its instrumental role in fostering development. PPP: a destined path As observed by Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat, in addition to the government’s stewardship and principal role of producers, the involvement of businesses is a decisive factor in agribusiness development. Businesses are the most proactive component of the value creation chain and only they muster sufficient strengths to tackle the three main bottlenecks of agribusiness in Vietnam. Businesses have substantial resources to invest in large scale in efficient projects, businesses can help connect local and international markets for agricultural products and businesses have the ability to apply high technologies to production and manufacturing to adding value and enhancing farmers’ competitiveness. Public Private Partnership (PPP) … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s pepper exports to drop in 2015

Some of the world's best spices are coming from Vietnam these days and the country’s peppers with their pleasant lemony/citrus aroma and taste are one of the country’s more famed and recognizable products. But these pungent palate pleasers are under threat from shrinking harvests and tough competition from foreign imports, Do Ha Nam, chairman of the Vietnam Pepper Association (VPA) has revealed. Nam made the comments at a seminar convened in HCM City to assess the performance of the domestic pepper industry over the past several years and prospects for future sustainability. Though pepper exports for 2014 were at record highs of 156,396 tonnes, generating US$1.2 billion of revenue, the fruit’s quality has been steadily deteriorating and pepper trees are now highly susceptible to a variety of diseases. The temperate climate of Vietnam combined with its nutrient rich soil has made its peppers some of the finest in the world, but few like to talk about the threat … [Read more...]

Pepper exports to drop to 144,000 T in 2015

(VOV) -Some of the world's best spices are coming from Vietnam these days and the country’s peppers with their pleasant lemony/citrus aroma and taste are one of the country’s more famed and recognizable products. But these pungent palate pleasers are under threat from shrinking harvests and tough competition from foreign imports, Do Ha Nam, chairman of the Vietnam Pepper Association (VPA) has revealed. Nam made the comments at a seminar convened in HCM City to assess the performance of the domestic pepper industry over the past several years and prospects future sustainability. Though pepper exports for 2014 were at record highs of 156,396 tonnes, generating US$1.2 billion of revenue, the fruit’s quality has been steadily deteriorating and pepper trees are now highly susceptible to a variety of diseases. The temperate climate of Vietnam combined with its nutrient rich soil has made its peppers some of the finest in the world, but few like to talk about the threat … [Read more...]

Vietnamese farmers await foreign interest in lychee with bated breath

VietNamNet Bridge – Farmers in the Luc Ngan District in northern Bac Giang Province are holding their breath about the prospect of their lychees being exported to foreign markets this year. Lychees are ready to be delivered to markets in Thanh Ha District of Hai Duong Province. Despite visits by many overseas companies and organisations recently, the chance of exporting the fruit remains unclear. Despite visits by many overseas companies and organisations in the last year or so, there were no concrete steps taken to advance the market for the popular fruit. Tran Quang Tuan, chairman of the district's People Committee, said local farmers cultivate 17,500ha of lychees, of which 9,500ha met Vietnamese Good Agriculture Practices (VietGAP), a set of standards for agricultural production set out by Viet Nam's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD). Tuan said that in anticipation of stricter standards set by foreign markets, local farmers started to grow more than … [Read more...]

Malaysia looks to end rice imports by 2020

A rice paddy field in Malaysia (Photo: National Geographic) Malaysia is aiming to achieve rice self-sufficiency and end rice imports by 2020, Bernama news agency quoted Malaysian Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry as saying on May 13. The country’s government will spend 2.2 billion RM (around 615 million USD) out of the 6 billion RM (1.7 billion USD) budget allocated to the agriculture sector this year to help local farmers produce rice on a wide scale and increase yields. Other plans to increase sufficiency include upgrading irrigation networks, using hybrid paddy seeds and adopting good agriculture practices. The farmers expect to raise their paddy yield to 7 tonnes per hectare from the current level of 6 tonnes. According to the minister, Malaysia imports around 0.9 million tonnes of rice every year, while another one million tonnes is illegally imported. The website oryza.com reported on May 12 that the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United … [Read more...]

Few Companies Interested in Agriculture

Agriculture plays an important role in ensuring national food security and poverty reduction, generating a good source of forex earning and ensuring political and social stability in Vietnam. However, Vietnam’s agriculture still has a lot of limitations and lags far behind its competitors in the region. To address existing weaknesses, the participation of the business community is an important solution. This issue was presented at the Agribusiness Development Forum and the Announcement Ceremony of Annual Business Report 2014 themed "Agribusiness Development". The forum was held in Hanoi by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) in cooperation with the Economic Commission of the National Assembly, the Steering Committee for the National Target Programme for New Rural Construction and the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The report said, "The participation of businesses in agriculture sector is now still limited. Only about 1 percent of enterprises operating in Vietnam … [Read more...]

Lam Dong, Japan discuss hi-tech agriculture

Authorities of the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong and Japanese Ambassador Hiroshi Fukada discussed local hi-tech agriculture development during their working session in Da Lat city on May 12. The provincial People’s Committee, the Japan International Cooperation Agency and the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences are conducting a project to assist Lam Dong in developing its multi-sector farming approach and improving its business climate, said Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Pham S. It is focused on establishing an agriculture zone, a post-harvest centre and a flower wholesale market in Da Lat while modernising vegetable and flower cultivation, marketing and workforce training as well as increasing studies for mid and long-term development. The Japanese ambassador and accompanied economists and enterprises pointed out local strengths and weaknesses including limited access to capital, sporadic production and weak brand protection and … [Read more...]

Pepper exports likely to set new record

A farmer bags pepper at Xuan Tho Commune, Xuan Loc District, in southern Dong Nai Province. The Viet Nam Pepper Association forecasts the nation's pepper export revenue could set a new record this year despite lower export volume thanks to high prices in the global market. — VNA/VNS Photo Manh Linh HCM CITY (Biz Hub)— Viet Nam's pepper export revenue could set a new record this year or at least equal to that of last year despite lower export volume, according to the Viet Nam Pepper Association. Last year, 156,396 tonnes of pepper were exported worth US$1.2 billion, the highest figures so far in both volume and value, chairman Do Ha Nam told a review meeting in HCM City yesterday. This represented a year-on-year increase of 16.38 per cent in volume and 34.72 per cent in value. With a forecast of pepper to fall significantly over the last year due to unfavourable weather and disease, export volume would fall by about 10 per cent to 144,000 tonnes this year, he said. In … [Read more...]