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HCM City (VNA) –
Vietnamese agro-firms should increase high added value for their products by improving business production procedures in line with international practices, especially in packaging and designing, heard a workshop held in Ho Chi Minh City on August 17.

To date, Vietnam has nearly 40 products with geographical indication, an advantage for the country to boost exports to other markets.

Geographical indication is considered an effective tool that businesses should persistently pursue, experts said, suggesting the Government put forth more encouragement policies in this field.

There is a high possibility that the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) will be approved at the end of this year, thus opening up numerous export opportunities for the two business communities.

Despite this, the pact requires businesses to overcome a number of technical barriers such as labelling and packaging, and providing information related to the goods, especially issues related to certifying quality and animal and plant quarantine.

The deal will exert certain impact on some industries including animal husbandry, so domestic businesses should prepare soon to compete with other nations having higher technologies and quality products.

Businesses should pay due attention to the origin of products to optimise advantages from the EVFTA.

The application of the Global Good Agricultural Practice (Global GAP) will make it easier for Vietnamese firms to enter the European market, the panels suggested.-VNA