Oxfam and VCCI launch project to boost agricultural exports to Europe | Business

Mr. Hoang Quang Phong, Vice President of VCCI, speaks during the seminar. (Photo: SGGP)
Mr. Hoang Quang Phong, vice president of VCCI, said exporting vegetables and fruits is an advantage of Vietnam. “Currently, there is a clear change in the proportion of Vietnamese fruits and vegetables, with exports to Europe and America increasing and exports to Asia decreasing,” he said.

According to Mr. Hoang Quang Phong, after a long lockdown to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic, at present, the demand for goods and food, especially vegetables and fruits, in the market of EU is extremely huge. “Consumer demand for new tropical fruits and vegetables in the EU has increased significantly. Specifically, fresh fruits and vegetables increased by around 20-25% and processed products increased by more than 30%,” the VCCI Vice President said.

Oxfam and VCCI launch project to boost agricultural exports to Europe ảnh 2 Farmers in the Mekong Delta grow chili peppers to make spices for export. (Photo: MARD)

Though considered to have many advantages, VCCI vice president says Vietnamese fruits and vegetables have not taken advantage of EU market opportunities, accounting for just less than 1% of demand of the market. Besides the limitations of unbalanced product structure, unstable production and unstable quality, Vietnamese small and medium-sized enterprises also face difficulties in accessing the European market, such as lack of information and human resources to meet the requirements of European Quality Standards and lack of capacity to access this market.

Therefore, Oxfam and VCCI collaborated to develop a project aimed at building the export capacity of small and medium enterprises in the vegetable and spice industry in Vietnam. The project has been 80% funded by the EU for implementation in 2022 and 2023.

During the seminar, many companies said they want to obtain information to promote the export of agricultural products, especially vegetables and spices, to the demanding market which still has a lot of room with high selling prices. However, companies face difficulties in harvesting, processing and preservation technology, as well as in complying with food safety and quality regulations and finding partners.

Oxfam and VCCI launch project to boost agricultural exports to Europe ảnh 3 Ms. Vu Thi Quynh Hoa, Director of Oxfam in Vietnam, speaks at the seminar. (Photo: SGGP)

According to Ms. Vu Thi Quynh Hoa, Director of Oxfam in Vietnam, the more specific objective is to empower vegetable, fruit and spice exporters, provide them with intensive support programs, update information on quality standards and regulations on EVFTA, at the same time, support digital transformation so that Vietnamese small and medium enterprises can increase their exports of these products to the EU.

In 2021, the export value of vegetables and fruits to the European and American markets has experienced high growth rates. Of which, exports to Europe reached $303 million, up 17.4% from 2020, and to America reached $271 million, up 29.1% from 2020 Thanks to this, Europe’s market share in Vietnam’s total export value of fruits and vegetables soared to 8.5% in 2021, and America’s market share soared to 7.6%. . Meanwhile, Asia’s market share fell from 82.2% to 80%, mainly because China’s market share was reduced in the total value of Vietnam’s fruit and vegetable exports.

In 2022, Vietnam’s fruit and vegetable exports to the EU are expected to increase by 10-15% according to the Import-Export Department of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, thanks to the good use of EVFTA. Currently, the volume of fruit and vegetable imports into the EU market is around 100 billion dollars per year.

By Van Phuc – Translated by Gia Bao

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