Vietnam and New Zealand on May 28 signed an official assurance programme for the export of dragon fruit from Vietnam, making it the first and only country approved to sell the fruit in New Zealand.

The programme will set out procedures and activities used prior to export to ensure the quality of the fruit.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, New Zealand Ambassador to Vietnam Haike Manning expressed his hope that imported dragon fruit will arrive at port in New Zealand soon, so that local consumers can start enjoying the delicious tropical specialty.

In 2011, Vietnamese mango was approved to be exported to New Zealand, whose authorities are also considering the import of Vietnamese rambutan.

New Zealand has funded several programmes to develop new fruit varieties with high quality in Vietnam.-VNA