Measures to boost agricultural exports to China to come: minister
Referring to the recent pile-up of trucks carrying agricultural products at the Chinese border, he said his ministry, the Ministry of Industry and Commerce and local governments have called for reducing the delivery of goods at border crossings and urged China to expedite customs clearance.
“We also recommended that the government prioritize policies such as disinfection and inspection of goods, help localities develop infrastructure for border crossings, warehousing and transshipment, logistics and conservation centers for agricultural products”.
Localities should promptly review, investigate and establish a buffer zone for goods to be transported to China due to the Covid-19 pandemic and promptly isolate people and goods carrying the coronavirus in buffer zones so that China don’t close the border gates.
His ministry had proposed the establishment of a multifunctional complex at the border to collect, preserve, semi-process and export products to China.
“The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is discussing with Quang Ninh province and relevant ministries and sectors to quickly set up an Asian agriculture, forestry and seafood trade hub- Pacific in Mong Cai city of the province.
“Its effectiveness will serve as the basis for establishing similar centers in Lang Son, Lao Cai and other border provinces,” he said.
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Minh Hoan. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy
Exporting to China smoothly required coordination between production, processing, transportation, supply chain, distribution and import-export management.
His ministry would continue to negotiate with the Chinese side on expanding Vietnamese exports using the official quota to replace the current high-risk out-of-quota exports across the border.
Because this production had to be concentrated and not dispersed as now.
While China remained Vietnam’s main agricultural market, others showed great potential.
The EU bought 13.7% of Vietnam’s exports. “We are developing an agricultural export market diversification program based on the benefits from trade agreements with the US, Japan, EU (EVFTA), UK (UKVFTA)…” Hoan said.
To meet the strict quality requirements of the United States, EU and China, the Ministry of Agriculture would guide farmers across the country in standardizing agricultural areas, changing breeding practices and culture, the improvement of quality, the traceability of the origin of products and the establishment of codes for production and packaging areas.
“There should be a revolution in every locality, every field and by every farmer. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has a program to standardize farms for the export of goods.”
In 2019, his ST25 won the award for the best rice in the world.
Central Highland coffee, Can Tho rice, Dong Giao pineapple, Cat Chu mango, Phu Quoc pepper, Lao Cai banana and Shan Tuyet, O Long and Tan Cuong teas are some of the popular products in the whole world.
Hoan added, “We export a lot, but 90% is in raw form. After importing our products, foreign companies process and use their own names and brands.
“Up to 80% of our agricultural products have no brand, logo or label. I want Vietnamese agricultural products to be identified and not remain forever anonymous.”
Vietnam exports more than 10 key agricultural products to 160 countries and territories with products like coffee, rice, cashew nuts, seafood, rubber, vegetables and timber earning over $1 billion. dollars each.
China is one of Vietnam’s main trading partners. The import-export turnover of agro-forestry-fishing products between the two countries had increased sharply, rising from 8 billion dollars in 2015 to 11 billion dollars last year.
China was Vietnam’s second largest export market for agricultural, forestry and fishery products behind the United States, posting an export turnover of $8.4 billion in the first 11 months. of the year, accounting for 19.2% of Vietnam’s total agricultural exports.