About 60 days from now, Vietnamese pomelo will officially enter the US market, after that, coconuts will also be considered for import by this country.
This is information shared by Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Tran Thanh Nam at the forum connecting production, processing and promoting the domestic market on December 31.
According to Mr. Nam, enterprises with needs and capabilities should quickly coordinate with Vietnamese plant quarantine units to complete documents to soon export pomelos to the US.
Green-skinned pomelos are sold in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Hong Chau
Statistics from the Department of Crop Production show that the country has 105,400 hectares of pomelo, with an output of nearly 950,000 tons. In which, the Red River Delta has nearly 13,000 hectares with an output of over 170,000 tons, the Northern Midlands and Mountains has more than 30,000 hectares with an output of 220,000 tons. Particularly, the Mekong Delta has about 32,000 hectares with an output of about 340,000 tons.
From now until the end of the first quarter of 2022, the whole country will harvest about 140,000 tons of pomelo.
Up to now, Vietnam has officially been licensed to export 6 types of fresh fruit to the US including mango, longan, lychee, dragon fruit, rambutan and star apple.
According to statistics from the General Department of Customs, in the first 11 months of the year, Vietnam’s fruit and vegetable exports to the US reached US$203.2 million, up 33.2% over the same period in 2020, contributing to bringing the export value to the US. Vietnam’s fruit and vegetable exports in 11 months reached 3.25 billion USD, up 8.6% over the same period last year.