Nguyen Quy Duong Nguyen Quy Duong, deputy director of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Plant Protection Department, speaks with Hai quan (Customs) newspaper about China’s import policies and the need to improve the quality of Vietnamese fruits to meet stricter standards China has tightened import standards for Vietnamese fruits since late last year, making it difficult for firms to access the market. What is your opinion of this move? China has been easing its import policies for a long time so that poor provinces like Yunnan and Guangxi can promote their economies via local import and export activities. Now, China is starting to tighten management of these activities, especially of non-quota exports. In China’s domestic market, farmers used to use chemical fertilisers and pesticides widely, but things have changed a lot. China now cares about the quality of agricultural products and the strict enforcement of food safety requirements. Thus, the application of tougher standards on imported fruits is totally understandable. Vietnamese fruits must meet the procedures – including food safety certificates, origin traceability, technical requirements and phytosanitary certification – to be exported to China. This somehow is a good sign for Vietnamese products. Producers must change their methods… Read full this story
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