Vietnam´s Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development recently proposed specific cooperation areas with the UK, such as the development of green and low-emission agriculture, and the promotion of agro-forestry-aquaculture markets. The Minister urged the UK to open the market for Vietnamese products such as fresh fruits, processed pork and poultry, eggs, and dairy, suggesting that British players provide assistance in veterinary hygiene and food safety.
Moreover, Vietnam is believed to have considerable potential to increase fruit exports to the US. Vietnam´s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and the US Secretary of Agriculture recently agreed an on the need to remove technical barriers to promoting the export of Vietnamese agricultural products to the US.
Currently, Vietnam can export only six types of fresh fruit to the US, namely, dragon fruit, rambutan, longan, lychee, star apple, and mango. It is reported that pomelo will be the seventh fruit to be added the list.
In this context, it is worth highlighting that the US Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has granted certificates for two irradiation treatment facilities in Vietnam, which have a total capacity of 30,000 tons per year. The new facilities will reduce costs and address the congestion of fruit exports, creating favourable conditions for Vietnamese agricultural businesses to access the US market.