Exports of fruits and vegetables in the first nine months of the year are estimated at 2.64 billion USD, a year-on-year surge of 44.2 percent, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).
China, the US, Japan and the Republic of Korea are largest import markets of Vietnam which all together occupy 85.4 percent of total vegetable and fruit export value. Meanwhile, strong export growth was recorded in Japan (64.6 percent), the United Arab Emirates (64.4 percent) and China (60.2 percent).
The MARD said that unfavourable weather conditions, especially recent storms, affected vegetable and fruit supply in July and August. However, the market has seen signs of recovery recently.
In the nine-month period, the country splashed out 1.15 billion USD on purchasing fruits and vegetables from foreign countries, up 78.2 percent from the same time last year.