VGP – As part of his official visit to Viet Nam, New Zealand’s Governor-General Jerry Mateparae attended the ceremony to introduce a New Zealand-funded agriculture project.
The US$4-million project will be jointly implemented in five years in the Southern province of Tien Giang by the New Zealand Plant and Food Institute in collaboration with the Southern Fruit Research Institute.
It will help develop varieties of high-quality fruits, including Zespri kiwi, gold kiwi, Jazz apple.
In addition, the project will create a new breed of dragon fruit and a model of production, post-harvest technology, and commercialization to most benefit Vietnamese farmers as well as small and medium-size enterprises.
So far, Vietnamese fruits have been exported to 76 countries and territories. The favorite fruits in foreign markets include: Dragon fruit, coconut, pineapple, jackfruit, mango, banana, rambutan. Among which, dragon fruit always ranks first, counting for 40% of total fruit export turnover.
Beside the traditional markets such as China, Russia, Japan, Indonesia, the Republic of Korea, Singapore. Vietnamese specialty fruits are also exported to new potential markets including the US, the Netherlands, South Africa, Rumania, Greece, Egypt, the Philippines.
By Ngoc Van