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Sydney (VNA) – Vietnam’s fresh mango was sold in several stores and supermarkets in Perth city in the state of Western Australia on September 21 after Agricare Vietnam Co., Ltd shipped one tonne of Cao Lanh green skin mango to the country.

This is the first time Vietnam has exported mango to the country after seven years of negotiation for the approval of Australia’s Department of Agriculture.

To be able to ship the fruit to the country, Agricare Vietnam worked with farmers in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap to plant mango in line with the Vietnam Good Agricultural Practice (VietGAP) standard.

Mango cultivation also had to meet Australia’s strict requirements relating to production stages, packing, phyto-quarantine and food safety, irradiation and transport.

Vietnamese Consul General to Perth Phung The Long said Vietnam’s fresh mango attracted interest and received positive response from consumers in the state, especially Vietnamese expats.

Vietnam began exporting fresh lychee to Australia in June last year, marking the first time the fruit gained entry into this market.

Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Vu Van Tam said the shipment of the second fresh fruit to Australia is hoped to create opportunities for the country’s other fruits to make inroads into the market.

Australia is also buying mangoes from Thailand and Mexico. The country will purchase more mangoes from Vietnam to meet the increasing local demand during the period from mid-March to late-May annually./.