Agriculture sector does well as China buys more fruits and
HÀ NỘI - Agricultural products exported to China now account
for 50 per cent of total border trade flow between the two countries,
signifying greater approval from Chinese consumers, officials say.
Fresh pineapples are stocked at the Tiền Giang Vegetables
and Fruits Joint-Stock Company in the southern province of Tiền Giang. -
VNA/VNS Photo Đình Huệ
The surge in
cross-border trade of agricultural produce was highlighted last Friday at a
forum jointly held by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
(MARD) and the Lạng Sơn People’s Committee.
discussed ways to further increase the flow of Vietnamese fruit and
vegetables into Chinese markets via official border trade.
Agriculture Ministry’s Plants Protection Department (PPD) announced that in
total, Việt Nam exported over two million tonnes of fruits and vegetables
worth US$1.6 billion to China last year. Corresponding figures for the first
seven months of this year are 1.2 million tonnes and $1.3 billion.
are fresh fruits and vegetables, with strong growth seen in rubber-based
products, tapioca, coffee and tea.
of Industry and Trade’s (MoIT) Mountainous and Frontier
Trade Department (MFTD) said the bilateral agricultural trade surplus is
financial boost for Vietnamese farmers, merchants and people living within
the border region.
the produce being exported to China enjoyed the advantage of having more
favourable cultivation conditions, and as such were always welcomed by
said they have been working tirelessly with their Chinese counterparts to
implement enabling policies and regulations to shape the trade flow between
the two countries.
include stricter customs checks, better quality control, transportation and
storage infrastructure before clearance, as well as the opening of auxiliary
As a result,
exports of fresh fruits and vegetables to China has been increasing rapidly
in quantity and quality, with around 478,514 tonnes of dragon fruit, 223,455
tonnes of watermelon, 240,345 tonnes of longan and 81,198 tonnes of lychee
going through border gates in Lạng Sơn Province alone last year.
figures so far this year are 273,154 tonnes of dragon fruits, 167,035 tonnes
of watermelon and 19,505 tonnes of lychee, worth of $203 million, $75 million
and $9.3 million, respectively.
Mei, Vice Mayor of Chongzuo City in Guangxi Province, said at the forum that
thanks to many similarities in tastes and demands between people on both
sides of the Vietnamese- Chinese border, trade volume should increase
steadily in the years to come.
average agricultural export turnover from Việt Nam to Chongzou is now 1.86
million tonnes through Lạng Sơn border gates alone, Huang said.
believed that with the leadership of both countries maintaining tight
co-operation through information exchanges and encouraging agricultural
production, there was always room for growth as more and more Vietnamese
products were gaining Chinese consumers’ trust.
Quang, Vice Chairman of Lạng Sơn Provincial People’s Committee, said that authorities
are committed to supporting businesses and creating favourable conditions for
export growth through more transparent rules and procedures.
the Tân Thanh Customs Branch under the Lạng Sơn Customs Department, around
250 to 280 truckloads of fresh fruits with cold storage facilities go through
the border gates everyday, averaging 2,600 tonnes to 3,200 tonnes.
across all border gates in Lạng Sơn Province, at least 1,500 trucks carrying
Vietnamese agricultural products head for China.
officers have been instructed to give clearance and transit priority to
agricultural products, and online customs procedures that can be completed in
three to five minutes have helped. Coupled with a newly upgraded parking lots
system, storage spaces and customs office sin Lạng Sơn Province, the
transport of fruits and vegetables to China has become much easier.
At a recent,
regular meeting of the ministry, Minister of Agriculture and Rural
Development Nguyễn Xuân Cường said over the past seven months, the sector has
seen growth in both productivity and export turnover.
in the the first seven months of 2017, Việt Nam had successfully exported
$10.89 billion worth of agricultural products, a year on year increase of 18
per cent. Export of fresh fruits and vegetables fetched $2.03 billion, a year
on year increase of 48.9 per cent.
a report from the MARD’s Department of Crop Production (DCP), the output of
vegetables and fruits has increased and domestic prices have been stable this
year. The prices of some fruits have even doubled from last year, like lychee
at $1.69 per kilogramme or cashew at $2.2 per kilogramme.
has overcome harsh weather conditions to reach a production of 4 million
tonnes in the first seven months, a year on year increase of 5 per cent,
accounting for 57.4 per cent of the annual goal.
In the livestock
sector, despite earlier pork price fluctuations, output has stabilised since
July, with exports to China increasing slightly. Prices of eggs have almost
doubled, mostly due to a rising demand for baking in preparation for the
upcoming Mid-Autumn festival.
as of July 2017, the number of pigs had dropped by 3.3 per cent, cows
increased 2.2 per cent, and that of poultry increased by five per cent from
the same period in 2016, on par with the sector’s annual growth rate of 3 per
exports have risen and the DCP estimates; market is also on the rise, with
the DCP guaranteeing 2017’s annual growth up to 2.05 per cent.
Cường asked all departments and agencies under the MARD work together on
helping solve remaining problems in the sector.
instance, they should co-operate with the Water Resources Department in
fighting floods and landslides, or the Department of Livestock in stabilising
domestic meat prices and export meat quality control.
also stressed that comprehensive steps should taken from the policy level
onwards to guarantee stable exports outflows, ensuring quality of
produce, product diversification and application of technological advances in
both cultivation and post-harvest preservation. - VNS