Efforts to support Vietnamese agricultural product exports

Monday, 2021-01-25 11:54:08
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NDO – According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the granting cultivation area codes and packaging facilities codes to serve the export of agricultural, forestry and fishery products have been implemented quickly and effectively, bringing good results nationwide.

Specifically, for markets such as the US, Japan, the Republic of Korea (ROK), Australia, New Zealand, 1,150 cultivation area codes and 41 packaging facilities codes have been issued. For the Chinese market in particular, there are 1,742 cultivation area codes for more than 180,000 hectares and 1,840 packaging facilities codes for nine fresh fruits licensed for official export.

Accordingly, the growing area to be issued with a code must meet the many other requirements, such as identifying the planting area (often using GPS navigation system); applying good agricultural practices, with emphasis on keeping cultivation diary to trace product origin when inspecting by competent authority; regularly monitoring the harmful organism; practicing good field hygiene and farming practices; ensuring that there are no pesticide residues exceeding the permitted levels according to the regulations of the importing country. These both satisfy the requirements of importers and are of great value in enhancing the reputation of Vietnamese agricultural products in the international market.

Therefore, in recent years, localities have focused their resources on implementation, and actively communicated so that farmers and businesses clearly understand the meaning and importance of issuing codes for cultivation area and packaging facilities. Every year, the Mekong River Delta provinces provide the market with a large amount of fruit for export and domestic consumption. To maintain stability and improve the quality of agricultural products, exporting enterprises have been proactive in raw material areas by linking with the growing areas that have been issued with codes.

In addition, many northern provinces have accelerated the process of issuing cultivation area codes for a variety of specialty fruits in order to increase the added value. As a result, in 2020, many types of fruit will be exported through official channels to quality markets at prices many times higher than before, such as lychee exported to Japan, longan exported to Australia, and dragon fruit exported to the US. These results have contributed to bringing Vietnam’s agricultural, forestry and fishery export turnover to a record US$ 41.25 billion in 2020 in the context of the agricultural sector facing many challenges due to natural disasters and epidemics.

In the coming time, along with taking advantage of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) which took effect from August 2020 and other signed agreements such as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and the UK-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (UKVFTA), the granting of cultivation area codes and packaging facilities codes will be promoted with greater value, such that Vietnamese agricultural products can openly enter large markets with preferential tax rates. This is also a new opportunity for Vietnam’s agriculture sector to strengthen the fulfilment of standards for many commodities, accelerate exports right from the first months of 2021 to realise the target of exporting agricultural, forestry and fishery products for the whole year reached US$ 42 billion.