Fruit, veggie exports hit record in 2015 hinh anh 1Litchi are prepared for exports (Photo :VNA)

Hanoi (VNA)
– Vietnam grossed 2.2 billion USD from selling fruits and vegetable abroad, a record yearly increase of 47 percent, according to the General Statistics Office.

Many fruits such as longan, litchi, and mango have gained access to selective markets like the US , the European Union, and Japan thanks to meeting Vietnam Agriculture Practice (VietGAP) standards with high quality.

Vietnam is home to over 100 fruits and vegetable processing factories, which are able to produce 300,000 tonnes of products on an annual basis.

The country exports various kinds of fruits and vegetable to 40 countries and territories, including major ones like China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the US, Malaysia and Thailand.

In 2014, more than 1.6 million tonnes of fruits and vegetables were exported, including 997,000 tonnes of dragon fruit, nearly 300,000 tonnes of watermelon, over 100,000 tonnes of longan, 70,000 tonnes of litchi, and 600 tonnes of rambutan.

China is Vietnam ’s largest importer of fruits and vegetable with more than 435 million USD, comprising of 29 percent of the total exports, according to the Vietnam Fruit and Vegetable Association (Vinafruit).

Japan and the Republic of Korea were followed with 49.8 million USD and 47.59 million USD respectively, making up 4.1 percent and 3.9 percent of Vietnam’s total exports.-VNA