Vietnam's export value of agro, forestry, aquatic products in the first eight months of the year hit about US$36.3 billion, a year-on-year rise of 13.1 percent, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).
The Office of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, on the evening of June 13, informed that Vietnamese products sold in Europe, such as vermicelli, glass noodles, rice paper, and pho noodles, have been excluded by the EU from the list of agricultural products and food that needs to be strictly inspected when exporting to this market.
After a long time, the selling prices of dragon fruit had dropped dramatically, not enough for farmers to cover production costs, causing farmers in the Mekong Delta to suffer heavy losses, the prices of dragon fruit have rebounded in the past few days, but farmers do not have many dragon fruits left to sell.
Many crops in Vietnam like dragon fruit, carrot, pepper have entered their harvest season with large expected outputs. However, while some enjoy high selling prices, others are still tiredly seeking buyers. Adding to that serious problem is the continuous congestion at the northern border gates, severely harming export produce.
The price of dragon fruits in Binh Thuan Province has currently plunged to VND500-VND1,000 per kg. Many dragon fruit growers are empty-handed in the dragon fruit crop serving the 2022 Lunar New Year market.
After China announced to suspend the import of dragon fruits from Vietnam, the price of dragon fruits in Binh Thuan Province, which has the largest area and output of dragon fruit across the country, suddenly dropped steeply.
After the price of dragon fruits for the Tet market plunged drastically, in the first days of the new year, it has unexpectedly hiked again, making farmers in Binh Thuan Province – the capital of dragon fruits - both happy and worry at the same time.
An international workshop on information exchange for market regulations, import and export control of Vietnam - China vegetables and fruits was held by the Agro Processing and Market Development Authority under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and Vietnam Fruit and Vegetables Association (VINAFRUIT).
Many enterprises have made efforts to purchase fruits to help farmers to go through the current difficult period. Many solutions have been put forward by enterprises to improve the situation of spontaneous agricultural product rescue.
Binh Thuan Province is known as not only a place with strong development in tourism but also the largest area specializing in growing dragon fruit across the country. For years, the idea of the model of community tourism attaching with dragon fruit production has been kindled. By the end of last year, that model has been realized by the Tourism Promotion Information Center of Binh Thuan Province in association with the People’s Committee of Ham My Commune.
The prices of dragon fruits in 2018 and in the first nine months of this year have always been at lower level in comparison with those in previous years. Especially, the price has dropped drastically as dragon fruits have recently been neglected by Chinese market. However, farmers still grow and continue to expand the area of dragon fruits though the price of dragon fruits continuously declines.
The startup project ‘Dragon Fruit Flower Bud Tea Duc Thuan’ by a group of students from Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology (HUTECH) – has attracted much interest from investors thanks to its beneficial effects to dragon fruit farmers.
Confirming information about China’s plan to expand dragon fruit growing area to 30,000 hectares by 2020, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong yesterday said that Vietnam is not too concerned about that.