HANOI, April 20 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam's export of fruits and vegetables will remain positive with promising prospects in the second quarter of 2023, mainly thanks to China's strong demand, local media reported on Thursday.
The country exported nearly 1 billion U.S. dollars worth of fruits and vegetables in the first quarter, rising 7 percent from a year earlier, local newspaper Vietnam News reported, citing the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Thanks to high demand in China, local businesses have promoted exports to this neighboring market, said Dang Phuc Nguyen, Secretary General of the Vietnam Fruit Association.
Good demand for fruit imports in China can help raise total fruit and vegetable exports in Q2 by 10 percent or higher. It is predicted that the revenue can reach about 2 billion dollars in the first half of 2023, he said.
Fruits like durian, jackfruit, banana, and dragon fruit are among staple exports to China, which will help increase fruit and vegetable shipments to this market to at least 2.5 billion dollars this year, according to Nguyen.
In addition, processed products are also welcomed by foreign consumers as they made up one-third of total fruit and vegetable exports, according to the Foreign Trade Agency under the Ministry of Industry and Trade. ■