At the workshop, experts and exporters said that in the past year, the total global export value of mango reached about $12.3 billion, but Vietnam’s mango exports remained modest with more than $180 million. This shows the potential of the global mango demand.
According to the MARD, by 2030, the whole country targets to have about 140,000 hectares of mango, with a production of 1.5 million tons, export turnover increasing to $650 million, and over 70 percent of processing and preservation establishments with advanced technologies.
The Department of Plant Protection suggested localities in the Mekong Delta continuing to register mango growing-area codes, apply good agricultural practices in production, and use plant protection drugs following recommendations. Packing and handling establishments must be periodically inspected and supervised and accepted by importing countries.
Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Tran Thanh Nam said that the country currently has about 87,000 hectares of mango. Of which, the Mekong Delta accounts for 48 percent of the total growing area, which is a very good factor to improve quality and ensure export standards, as well as domestic consumption. To improve the quality standards of mango, the role of cooperatives is extremely important. Cooperatives are the hub to coordinate and link the value chain with exporters. Cooperatives will gather members to reorganize production associated with enterprises, forming a large raw material area to ensure quality according to the export requirements of many different markets.
Mr. Pham Thien Nghia, Chairman of the People’s Committee of Dong Thap Province, revealed that from the years of 2005 and 2006, the province had focused on investing in the mango industry, such as building technical infrastructure and flood-protection dikes, applying technology to production, improving varieties, and producing under the GAP standards. Especially, it built the “my home mango tree” model to sell mangoes online. Since then, the concentrated mango growing areas were established in Cao Lanh District and Cao Lanh City. Mango is also one of five commodities that the province has implemented agricultural restructuring. Currently, Dong Thap has 977.6 hectares of mango which have been granted growing-area codes for export to fastidious markets and 4,228 hectares of mango have been granted growing-area codes for export to China. The province has also established eight cooperatives, 37 cooperative groups, and 23 associations of mango farmers, linked the production and long-term consumption for 1,073 hectares of mango with more than 10 enterprises. However, the post-harvest loss rate is still quite high, sometimes up to 70 percent. The preservation of fresh mangoes has a high loss rate. The production area that meets the GAP standards is limited. These are problems that need to be overcome in the coming time.
By Huynh Loi – Translated by Gia Bao