Photo for illustration (Source: VOV)

The Vietnam Fruit and Vegetables Association (VinaFruit) said the export turnover was over 360 million USD in June, up 38 percent from the same period last year, pushing the value in the first half to nearly 2.1 billion USD, up 17.7 percent year-on-year.

Dang Phuc Nguyen, VinaFruit General Secretary, said Vietnam’s fruit and vegetables export has recovered in major markets, with less reliance on China and increases in demanding markets like the EU, the US, the Republic of Korea (RoK) and Japan.

However, the neighbouring country of China has remained the biggest buyer of Vietnamese fruit and vegetables, accounting for up to 56 percent of Vietnam’s total fruit and vegetables export value.

Nine types of Vietnamese fruits are allowed to enter the Chinese market via the official channel, namely dragon fruit, longan, mango, lychee, banana, jackfruit, rambutan, watermelon and mangosteen. Besides, China has also granted temporary licenses to Vietnamese sweet potato and durian.

Nguyen Xuan Giang, Director of the Hoang Ha Service and Trading Company Limited in the northern border province of Lang Son, said China has imposed more requirements on Vietnamese agricultural products. 

To maintain exports to China, local firms should work to satisfy requirements regarding quality, packaging and area codes, he suggested.

Six Vietnamese students join Int’l Mathematical Olympiad

Six outstanding students of Vietnam are joining the 62nd International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) 2021, which is taking place virtually on July 19 and 20, said the Vietnam News Agency.

Delegates and students at opening ceremony of the 62nd International Mathematical Olympiad (Photo: VNA)

They are Phan Huu An, Dinh Vu Tung Lam, Truong Tuan Nghia from Hanoi University of Science’s High School for Gifted Students under Vietnam National University, Hanoi; Phan Huynh Tuan Kiet from the Ho Chi Minh City’s Le Hong Phong high school for the gifted; Do Bach Khoa from the Hanoi – Amsterdam High School for Gifted Students; and Vu Ngoc Binh from the Vinh Phuc High School for Gifted Students in the northern province of Vinh Phuc.

Le Anh Vinh, head of the Vietnamese delegation said the team underwent a special training of more than 100 continuous online sessions.

Earlier, the Minister of Education and Training has decided to establish an online exam council for the 2021 IMO. The council is set to help the minister choose questions for the examination at the request of the IMO organising committee, organise the translation of questions from English into Vietnamese, and prepare facilities for the online exam.

The 62nd International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) 2021 is hosted by Russia. In Vietnam, the event takes place at the Hanoi University of Science and the Le Hong Phong high school for the gifted in Ho Chi Minh City.

RoK’s banana imports from Vietnamese market increases

Vietnam was up the sixth largest supplier of bananas to the Republic of Korea (RoK) during the first five months of the year, according to the Korea International Trade Association (KITA), the Vietnam News Agency reported.

Vietnam’s banana sold in RoK (Photo: baodautu.vn)

The country exported 2,900 tonnes of banana worth 2.3 million USD to the market, an annual increase of 13.6 percent in volume and 48.3 percent in value, the Voice of Vietnam (VOV) citied the KITA’s figures.

The RoK imported a total of 155,300 tonnes of bananas valued at 131.5 million USD throughout the reviewed period, up 3.4 percent in volume and 8 percent in value year on year, according to the association.

Bananas remain a popular fruit in the RoK, although they must be imported due to unfavourable local farming conditions./.

Compiled by BTA