Fruit and vegetable exports pass USD1 billion

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(CPV) -Fruit and vegetable exports were valued at more than USD1 billion as of December 15, a year-on-year rise of 27 percent, according to statistics by the General Department of Customs.

Statistics also showed that over the past three years, Vietnam’s fruit and vegetable exports saw rapid and consistent growth at 30 percent annually.

Specifically, in 2010, the country’s earned USD460 million from fruit and vegetable exports, up 4.9 percent from the previous year, and the figure climbed up to USD622 million in 2011 (up 35 percent) and USD827 million in 2012 (up 33 percent). These were high export growths when other agricultural commodities were suffering reduction in both volume and sales.

Vietnam’s fruits and vegetables have appeared in 40 markets around the world, with top export markets being China, the US, Japan, the Republic of Korea and the EU.

The Vietnam Fruit and Vegetable Association forecast that global fruit and vegetable consumption will rise about 5 percent in 2014./.

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