Gia Lai exports 100 tonnes of passionfruit to EU under EVFTA hinh anh 1Dong Giao Foodstuff Export JSC announces on September 16 the export of its first batch of 100 tonnes of passionfruit to the EU. (Photo: VNA)

Gia Lai (VNA) -
The Dong Giao Foodstuff Export Joint Stock Company (Doveco) in the central highlands province of Gia Lai announced on September 16 the export of its first batch of 100 tonnes of passionfruit to the EU under the terms of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA).

Speaking at the announcement ceremony, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Quoc Doanh lauded the company’s efforts and hoped it will continue growing sustainably, gaining a foothold in international markets and helping consolidate the profile of Vietnamese farm produce worldwide.

He asked Vietnamese firms, including Doveco, to make use of the EVFTA to upgrade technology, diversify products, and ensure product quality and origin tracing.

Doanh stressed that localities, particularly Gia Lai, should continue facilitating fruit and vegetable processing companies to invest in expanding facilities, form links, and build material areas, while organising public awareness campaigns on food safety and EU standards.

Monitoring work to ensure local farm produce is in accordance with regulations is also necessary, he noted.

Doveco has exported agricultural products to over 60 countries and territories worldwide, with passionfruit accounting for half of its total export value.

The export quantity and value of Vietnam’s passionfruit have increased over 300 percent in the last five years, making it one of the top ten exporters of the fruit in the world./.