China is considering the import of Vietnam’s sweet potato via official channels

Friday, 21/10/2022 22:01
According to VNA, China is considering the import of Vietnam’s sweet potato via official channels, with its customs officers scheduling a virtual survey of growing areas and packaging facilities in Vietnam this week.
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Unveiling the information, Le Van Thiet, Vice Director of the Plant Protection Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), said the department is negotiating the official export with the Chinese General Administration of Customs.

Sweet potato is one of Vietnam’s important agricultural products. Most of its plantations concentrate in the Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long’s Binh Tan district with more than 13,000 ha under the crop.

In preparation for the official export, the Vinh Long’s plant cultivation and protection has completed documents for 22 planting area codes, which together cover more than 500 hectares of sweet potato. The code, one of the factors for product traceability, is a necessary and mandatory condition to export fruits to China.

China is considering the import of Vietnam’s sweet potato via official channels

 Thiet said after potato, negotiations for official export will begin for pomelo and coconut.

Currently, Vietnam has 11 kinds of fruits that are exported via official channels to China. Of these fruits, Vietnam has signed with China protocols on phytosanitary requirements for three kinds, including mangosteen, passion fruit and durian.

Tropical depression heads towards East Sea

A tropical low pressure forming off the coast of the Philippines is forecast to enter the East Sea on October 22, according to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.

Tropical depression heads towards East Sea

VOV reported that at 13:00 p.m. on October 21, the tropical depression was located about 230km northeast of the Philippines’ Luzon island, with winds gusting between 39km and 49km per hour.

Over the next 48 hours the tropical depression is set to travel west-southwest at a speed of roughly 20km per hour and will be swirling across the waters about 370km north of the Hoang Sa (Paracel) islands at 13:00 p.m. on October 23.

Due to the impact of this weather pattern, there will be strong winds and high sea waves occurring in the North East Sea, said meteorologists.

There will also be showers and local thunderstorms in the north and central regions of Vietnam over the coming days.

Most notably, heavy downpours will hit localities from Ha Tinh to Quang Ngai as of October 21 afternoon, with rainfall reaching between 70mm and 150mm, or even 250mm in some places.

Localities in mountainous and low-lying areas have been warned to brace for a high risk of flash floods, landslides, and severe flooding in the coming days.

Petrol prices continue to rise in latest adjustment

Retail prices of oil and petrol increased starting from 3pm on October 21, VNA reported the latest adjustment by the Ministry of Industry and Trade, and the Ministry of Finance.

Retail prices of oil and petrol increase starting from 3pm on October 21. (Photo: VNA) 

Accordingly, the ceiling retail price of E5 RON92 rose by 200 VND to 21,490 VND (0.87 USD) per litre, and that of RON95 bio-fuel went up 340 VND to 22,340 VND per litre.

The prices of oils were also adjusted up, with that of diesel oil up by 600 VND to 24,780 VND per litre, and that of kerosene up by 840 VND to 23,660 VND per litre. Meanwhile, the price of Mazut oil dropped 200 VND to 13,890 VND per kg.

The two ministries also decided to extract 200-400 VND per litre from petrol price for the petrol price stabi

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isation fund.

Since the beginning of this year, petrol prices have been adjusted 28 times, with 15 times up and 12 times down, and one unchanged./.