HCMC – Vietnam’s agricultural sector is expected to grow strongly thanks to several agricultural products receiving green clearance to enter major international markets.
On November 24, the first lot of 5,400 Tan Lac red-flesh grapefruits from the northern mountainous province of Hoa Binh was shipped to the United Kingdom after all six samples of the fruit met the European Union and the UK’s requirements, the Vietnam News Agency reported.
Hoa Hinh has some 2,600 hectares under red-flesh grapefruit cultivation. Tan Lac District accounts for nearly 10% of the fruit-growing area, and its crops have received a VietGAP certificate and have been certified as organic products. Besides the grapefruit, Tan Lac is also shipping its sugarcane abroad.
On the same day, the Plant Protection Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development announced that it had completed the paperwork for lychee exports to Japan, sweet potato imports to China, and pomelo and lime export to New Zealand. Earlier, Vietnamese sweet potatoes were registered for export to China via formal trade channels.
To facilitate the shipment of these products, the department said it will lay out guidelines for localities and relevant agencies on packaging and manufacturing processes to support exporters and farmers.