Ben Tre Green Pomelo Cooperative’s pink lady pomelos on display at a store in Canada. (Photo courtesy of SOCODEVI)

It is the first pomelo brand registered by a Vietnamese co-perative to be exported to Canada.

The Ben Tre Green Pomelo Cooperative has also obtained GlobalGAP certification for the fruit.

For Thanh Binh, this was the third shipment to Canada but the first time it fully carried out a dragon fruit order in its own name, from cultivating to transportation and all stages in between.

It set up a new packing unit in August.

Getting rid of intermediaries is expected to bring its members greater benefits.

Both co-operatives have fully complied with requisite safety standards.

The two co-operatives are among five new ones established under the framework of the Vietnam Cooperative Enterprise Development Project in Soc Trang, Binh Thuan, Ninh Thuan, Lam Dong, and Ben Tre provinces since 2015.

Funded by Canada and jointly implemented by SOCODEVI and the School of Management for Agriculture and Rural Development II, the project has helped improve cooperatives’ competitiveness through a variety of activities such as training for farmers, strengthening of governance, upgrades to equipment, marketing, branding, and others.

Da Nang launches tourism campaign to mark post-COVID-19 period

A tourism campaign with the theme of “Da Nang Miss You” has been launched in an effort to attract more tourists as the central city fights to move past the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) period, the Voice of Vietnam (VOV) has reported.

The campaign will largely focus on the safety of visitors and is scheduled to last until the end of October.

As part of the event the tourism promotion centre for Da Nang city has released a video titled "Đừng quên du lịch an toàn vì sức khỏe", known as “Don’t forget having safe tourism to protect people’s health” in English.

Furthermore, a photo and video contest will be held on social media with the aim of reminding tourists of special memories about Da Nang, with contestants able to send their entries showcasing people’s daily life, the local landscape, and food from the area.

The online contest is due to be held between October 6 and November 6, with a total of VND200 million in prize money available.

Moreover, a song titled “Da Nang Miss You” written by composer Le Cat Trong Ly will be released in mid-October. In addition, photos and videos showing tourism activities in the central city will be uploaded onto the website

Following this initial tourism campaign, a new tourism campaign with the theme of “Da Nang is back” will be launched from late 2020 and will run into early 2021, with the promotion set to feature an exciting array of activities after tourists return to Da Nang following efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

Medical face mask exports enjoy sharp recovery

The Voice of Vietnam quotes statistics by the General Department of Vietnam Customs saying that Vietnam shipped 989 million medical face masks of various types abroad during the opening nine months of the year.

Most notably, September alone witnessed over 70 major local firms ship medical face masks oversea, with total export volume of the items reaching approximately 143 million units, representing a slight increase of 5.5% compared to August.

After the export of the items suffered a decline from their peak of 236 million in June to 154 million and 135 million in July and August, respectively, exports to several major countries have started to enjoy a recovery.

Indeed, exports to markets that have begun to bring the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic under control look to be picking up once again.

Several domestic enterprises have therefore accelerated their export of face masks since the enforcement of Government resolution No. 60 that permits firms to export an unlimited quantity of face masks.

Furthermore, other companies have shifted their investments to focus on machinery and equipment, or to increase their export of face masks, serving to create a "fever" to produce the product.

Moreover, a number of businesses believe that the market has become gradually saturated, with demand for the product now lower than previously due to supply sources significantly rising./.

Compiled by BTA