Lime and grapefruit will be the next two Vietnamese agricultural products exported to New Zealand, alongside mango, dragon fruit and rambutan.
A document to this effect was signed on November 15 in Hanoi by the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and the New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture and Trade and Export Growth, of Biosecurity, Land Information and Rural Communities, during the official visit to Vietnam of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
According to MARD officials, the signing of the agreement will open up bright prospects for more Vietnamese agricultural products to enter the New Zealand market in times to come.
MARD statistics show that the turnover of agro-forestry and fisheries exports between Vietnam and New Zealand last year reached about 550 million USD, accounting for 41% of total trade revenue. bilateral.
The two parties also signed an agreement to facilitate customs clearance of agricultural, forestry and fishery products through the use of electronic certificates, in July 2020.
Currently, working groups in both countries have deployed an electronic certification system on a pilot basis. They also facilitate mutual market opening procedures for agricultural products.
Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Le Minh Hoan expressed hope that Vietnam and New Zealand will cooperate to develop high-tech agricultural value chains, as well as enhance connectivity with the global market.
New Zealand has pledged to fund the implementation of a Vietnamese Quality Fruit Tree Development Project (VietFruit). The project aims to help Vietnamese farmers develop high-end varieties and become more involved in high-value supply chains.