Vietnam seeks sustainable agricultural exports via official channel

Economy, Vietnam, Vietnam Finance News
Illustrative image (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam looks to enhance the values of its agricultural
products in order to ensure sustainable exports via official channels amid the
process of international integration.


Nguyen
Do Anh Tuan, Director of the Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture
and Rural Development, said Vietnam’s agricultural products lack in quality and
branding, which hinders their official access to big markets. Therefore, Vietnamese
agricultural producers need to change their mindsets and production
capabilities in order to meet the demands and standards of those markets, he
suggested.


Huy
Long An Co. Ltd., based in the Mekong Delta province of Long An, is among the
pioneering exporters of agricultural products to Japan and the Republic of
Korea, earning millions of USD per year.


According
to Vo Quan Huy, Director of the Huy Long An Co. Ltd., in order to ship agricultural
products to these two strict markets via official channels, the company must
ensure that over 200 ha of its banana farms meet not only the VietGAP standards,
but also hundreds of criteria of the two markets in terms of land, watering,
fertilisers, and daily nursing.


Meanwhile,
Pham Viet Anh from the GlobalGAP representative office in Vietnam confirmed that
in order to gain official export contracts, Vietnamese products need to meet
not only VietGAP standards but also GlobalGAP criteria. He advised Vietnamese
farmers to work with cooperatives and enterprises to ensure their products’
quality.


Anh
also suggested the Government establish an official channel of information to regularly
and timely update domestic enterprises and cooperatives on requirements,
criteria, and other technical barriers from import markets so that they can
produce accordingly.


Sharing
the view, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong attached
significance to the quality of Vietnamese agricultural products so that they
can officially be exported to strict markets.


The
ministry will work closely with relevant sectors, associations, and
organisations to establish a channel to update necessary information for
domestic enterprises and cooperatives, he said.


Vietnam
is the world’s 15th biggest agricultural exporter, however, the sector’s
current situation is unsustainable as most of its exports go via unofficial
channels.


According
to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, only 5 percent of
Vietnam’s agricultural exports meet international standards to be officially
shipped to such strict markets as the US, EU, Japan, and the Republic of Korea.

The rest is mainly subject to unofficial exports,
particularly those over the border to China.–VNA

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