Potential of Vietnamese farm produce hailed in Italy

Sunday, 05/03/2023 23:37
Renzo Piraccini, President of Cesena Fiera, has wished that Vietnam will join the Macfruit 2023 – a fruit and veg professional show in the Italian city of Rimini from May 3-5, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties to introduce its popular tropical farm produce such as dragon fruit, lychee and ginger, reported Vietnam News Agency.
Vietnamese products on display at an exhibition in Italy (Photo: VNA) 

Cesena Fiera is organiser of Macfrut, one of the biggest annual international fairs in Europe and one of the leading economic and trade events in Italy, with about 1,000 stalls from over 90 countries, including over 500 purchasers and nearly 32,500 visitors.

Meeting Vietnamese Ambassador to Italy Duong Hai Hung, Piraccini hailed the potential of Vietnamese farm produce and thanked the diplomat for partnering with Macfruit to introduce Vietnamese products over the past two years.

He said Macfruit 2023 will become more special with the International Blueberry Days, a new exhibition dedicated to the world of spices and herbs, and another on plant nursery and varietal innovation.

 Vietnamese Ambassador to Italy Duong Hai Hung and business representatives  participate in the Macfrut 2022. (Photo: VNA)

Hung, for his part, wished that Vietnam would be present at the event this year to continue bringing quality agricultural and specialty products, especially fruits and vegetables that meet market demand in Italy, the European Union and international markets.

He said it is not only an opportunity to popularise Vietnamese products but also to enable Vietnamese localities and firms to learn about the latest technologies in hi-tech agriculture, plant nursery and innovation in fruit cultivation.

The Vietnamese Embassy in Italy previously joined the events in 2021 and 2022.

US biggest supplier of meat, meat products to Vietnam in January: MoIT

In January, Vietnam imported 7,950 tonnes of meat and meat products worth 16.86 million USD from the US, which made it the biggest supplier to the country, Vietnam News Agency quoted figures of the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT)’s Import-Export Department.

The imports from the US made up 22.45% of the total meat and products that Vietnam imported from 29 markets all over the world in the month.

Citing data from Vietnam Customs, the Import-Export Department stated that in January, Vietnam imported 35,440 tonnes of meat and meat products worth 74.13 million USD.

 In January, Vietnam imports 35,440 tonnes of meat and meat products worth 74.13 million USD. (Photo: VNA)

It saw a reduction of 45.7% in volume and 45.4% in value compared with those of December 2022.

Regarding import prices, in January 2023, the average import price of meat and meat products to Vietnam reached 2,092 USD per tonne, up 0.5% compared to December 2022 but down 1.6% compared to  that in January 2022.

Particularly for pork, in the month, Vietnam imported 4, 910 tonnes of fresh chilled or frozen pork, worth 1.57 million USD from 15 markets.

Of that, nearly 35% were imported from Russia, about 23.5% from Brazil, and 21.52% from Germany.

Coffee event connects Vietnamese and Brazilian enterprises

The Vietnamese Embassy in Brazil in coordination with the Federation Trade in Goods, Services and Tourism of the Federal District (Fecomércio-DF) and the Young Exporters Institute (IJEx) of the host country launched the event "Coffee with Ambassador - Vietnamese version" to honour Vietnamese enterprises that have trade partnership with Brazilian firms.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Brazil Pham Thi Kim Hoa speaks at the event (Image source: The Vietnamese Embassy in Brazil) 

The event drew 150 participants, including businesses involving in agriculture, services, logistics, tourism, and manufacturing, was also expected to open up plenty of opportunities to connect Vietnamese and Brazilian.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Brazil Pham Thi Kim Hoa briefed participants on the bilateral relationship and the political and geographical importance of Vietnam in Asia.

Hoa highlighted the event as a meaningful activity to connect businesses, offer more cooperation opportunities, and promote the images of Vietnam to Brazilian friends.

Photo for illustration. (Source: baochinhphu.vn) 

The Vietnamese diplomat affirmed the nation’s readiness to welcome new cooperation initiatives from Brazilian businesses, making positive contributions to both nations’ economic and trade ties.

During the course of the event, business representative shared their experience and difficulties.

On this occasion, the embassy also displayed Vietnamese handicraft and agricultural products, pictures, and videos featuring the nation’s tourism./.