China consumes over 73 pct of Vietnam's exported fruits, vegetables in Q1: ministry
Published: Apr 18, 2017 07:06 PM
China was the key market for Vietnamese fruits and vegetables in the first quarter (Q1) of 2017 while consuming over 73 percent of the country's exported item, according to Vietnam's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) on Tuesday.

In the Q1, Vietnam's vegetable and fruit exports experienced a year-on-year increase of 29.8 percent to hit 700.6 million US dollars.

After China, the United States, Japan and South Korea were also main importers of Vietnamese fruits and vegetables, with 3.54 percent, 3.01 percent and 2.99 percent of the export revenue, respectively.

Notably, despite being one of the four main bowl of fruits and vegetables in the Southeast Asian region, Thailand still sat fourth among major markets of Vietnamese fruits and vegetables, as importing 14.7 million US dollars worth of the item, up 34 percent year-on-year, said the MARD.

In 2016, the country earned 2.4 billion US dollars from exporting of vegetables and fruit, up 31.2 percent year-on-year, surpassing that of rice for the first time. Vietnamese fruits and vegetables have been present in over 60 countries and regions worldwide.

In 2017, Vietnam targeted to pocket some three billion US dollars from exports of the item, up 25 percent compared to last year.

According to Vietnam Fruit and Vegetables Association (Vinafruit), there are many things that need to be done to realize the target, including improvement in supply of clean, high-quality and high-productivity seeding source, promoting training for safe vegetable-fruit production process among local farmers, and further investment in post-harvest and processing periods.