Country targets over 5 billion USD from fruit exports by 2025

Sunday, 06/11/2022 19:00
Vietnam targets exporting fruits worth over 5 billion USD by 2025 and roughly 6.5 billion USD by 2030, according to a project recently approved by the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), reported Vietnam News Agency.
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Illustrative image (Photo: baochinhphu.vn)

Accordingly, 14 types of key fruit trees have been chosen for intense cultivation. These include dragon fruit, mango, banana, lychee, longan fruit, orange, pomelo, pineapple, rambutan, durian, jackfruit, passion fruit, avocado and custard apple.

By 2025, the total fruit farming area nationwide will reach 1.2 million ha with an output of 14 million tonnes. Of which, the 14 kinds of fruits will be grown on 960,000 ha with an output of around 11-12 million tonnes.

By 2030, the country will have 1.3 million ha for fruit cultivation which will yield more than 16 million tonnes. There will be 1 million ha for growing the above fruits with some 13-14 million tonnes.

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Vietnamese durians are exported to China (Photo: VNA) 

The MARD assigned the Plant Protection Department to work with localities to control fruit diseases, and instruct growers to build farming area codes. This helps to provide trace origin codes for products, making it easier to expand exports. This is especially important for markets in Japan, the US, Canada, the Republic of Korea, Russia, ASEAN, EU, Middle East and North Africa, apart from the traditional market of China.

The General Department of Customs reported that in eight months of this year, dragon fruit was the top currency earner among other fruits with nearly 463 million USD, followed by banana with 237 million USD and durian 158 million USD.

Dung Quat Oil Refinery reports VND13 trillion profit after 9 months

Binh Son Refining and Petrochemical JSc (BSR) that owns Dung Quat Oil Refinery made a profit after tax of VND12,899 billion, more than 3 times higher than the same period in 2021, reported VOV News.

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Dung Quat OIl Refinery meets approximately one third of the country's demand for petroleum products. (Photo: BRS) 

The company earned revenue of VND126,720 billion, up 90% over the same period last year, BSR said in its financial report for the third quarter.

Its total sales volume reached more than 5 million tonnes of products of all kinds, meeting 106% of the nine-month plan and 78% of the yearly plan.

The past 10 months saw the company sell nearly 6.6 million m3 of petroleum, an increase of more than 450,000 m3 compared to its commitment. Inventories of Dung Quat Oil Refinery are often maintained at low levels.

As of November 5, the oil refinery increased its operation capacity to 112% to help ease pressure on domestic petroleum supply.

Dung Quat Oil Refinery has a refining capacity of 148,000 barrels per day (6.5 million tonnes crude oil annually) and can process 67 types of crude oil from various parts of the world. Its major products include Mogas A92/A95 and E5/10, jet fuels, kerosene, diesel, fuel oil, and liquefied petroleum gas.

Nestlé, Vietnam Women’s Union partner to empower women

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At the signing ceremony (Photo: tienphong.vn) 

Based on the fruitful results of their cooperation in past years, the Vietnam Women's Union and Nestlé Vietnam signed a strategic cooperation agreement for the period of 2022 - 2027 to continue to implement a nationwide programme named "Nestlé accompanies women" in Hanoi on November 4, reported Vietnam News Agency.

The partnership aims to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment, contributing to supporting women’s comprehensive development, especially those in rural areas.

The content of cooperation focuses on three key areas, including improving the competency of women and Women’s Union staff at all levels; assisting women in building a family with a safe house, a sustainable livelihood, good health, knowledge, and meeting certain sanitation criteria; and carrying out charity and social security activities.

The close cooperation between the union and Nestlé in the 2020-2022 period delivered many positive outcomes in empowering women and contributing to gender equality.

As of October 2022, a total of 20 provinces and cities across the country have coordinated to implement the "Nestlé accompanies women" programme, providing training on nutrition and on building a happy and healthy lifestyle to 8,000 women, helping 1.2 million households to access knowledge about nutrition and assisting 3,000 members in starting and retaining a business.

These achievements are setting a firm foundation upon which the cooperative relationship between the two sides can be further promoted in the next five years.

Ton Ngo Hanh, vice president of Vietnam Women’s Union, said in order to promote the results achieved in the past period, the Vietnam Women's Union and Nestlé Vietnam agreed to continue implementing the “Nestlé accompanies women" programme.

“I believe that the strategic cooperation between the two sides will contribute to empower women and improve the professionalism and the effectiveness of the organisation," Hanh said.

“From the very first days of our presence in Vietnam, in parallel with promoting sustainable development, women's empowerment and gender equality is one of Nestlé's top priorities,” Binu Jacob, managing director of Nestlé Vietnam, said. “The strategic cooperation agreement with the Vietnam Women's Union for the next five years once again affirms Nestlé Vietnam's long-term commitment in joining hands to promote gender equality and empower women, and take care of health, nutrition, and safety for women and children in Vietnam.”

Tien Giang pushes granting of planting area codes to boost fruit export

The Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang is working to accelerate the granting of planting area codes to more than 80,000 hectares of fruit trees which yield over 1.5 million tonnes of fruits each year, reported Vietnam News Agency.

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Vietnamese dragon fruit sold in th UK (Photo: VNA) 

The provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development reported that as of October 26, 187 codes had been granted to 17,396 hectares of fruit trees in Tien Giang.

Of them, 95 codes are designated for 16,305 hectares of jackfruit, dragon fruit, mango, watermelon, rambutan, longan and durian that are eligible for export to China. The others are given to areas of dragon fruit, mango, rambuatan, longan and star apple to serve export to the US, Japan, the Republic of Korea (RoK), Australia and New Zealand.

Nguyen Van Man, Director of the Department, noted that his agency will continue to maintain and expand the area that receives codes, while stepping up the transfer of advanced farming techniques to farmers.

The department will also coordinate with competent agencies and localities to expand safe durian production, meeting VietGAP standards, and intensify communication work to raise public awareness on plant quarantine for durian export to China./.

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