Exports of canned and frozen fruit and vegetables have increased significantly since the beginning of the year, according to a report by the General Statistics Office. "Compared with last December, recent orders for canned pineapple, corn, beans and frozen mango have increased by 20 per cent at my companies," said Huynh Quang Dau, Director of the An Giang Agricultural Technology Service Company.
Dau explained that because the EU and the US were both in the middle of their winters, their demands for frozen and canned foods had increased strongly.
To meet the increasing demand, Dau's plants have upped their production by 15 per cent to 20 tonnes of frozen and canned vegetables per day.
The country's total export turnover of fruit and vegetables in the first month of the year was US$32 million, a 2.2 per cent increase over the same month last year.
While frozen exports have enjoyed many positive business results, companies involved in exporting fresh fruit and vegetables are facing many challenges.
"Fresh fruit and vegetable exports have never seen the kinds of difficulties they are seeing now," said Nguyen Duc Nam, director of the Sai Gon Fruit and Vegetable Export Import Company.
"In January, we exported only about 10 tonnes of fresh fruit and vegetables to Canada and to countries in the EU," Nam said, adding that this number was much lower than the same period last year.
Overall, demand for fresh vegetables from Vietnamese overseas have reduced.
"Demand for dragon fruit in the US has not remained stable and actually reduced since the beginning of 2010," said Tran Ngoc Hiep, director of the Binh Thuan Dragon Fruit Company.
Transportation costs have contributed to the reduction in demand for vegetable exports.
According to Dau, transportation costs have increased the vegetable export price by 5 per cent.
Last year, Viet Nam earned $431 million from fruit and vegetable exports, an increase of 6.1 per cent over 2008.
Recently, Vietnamese fruit and vegetables have been exported to 20 markets, including mainland China, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, Russia, Germany, Australia, some EU countries and others.
Source: VietNamNet/Viet Nam News
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