Vietnam and the Netherlands signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on plant quarantine at the Vietnam-Netherlands cooperation forum on fruit and vegetables, held in Hanoi on June 16.
Signatories to the MoU were Vietnam’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat and Dutch Minister for Agriculture, Sharon Dijksma.
Addressing the forum, Minister Sharon Dijksma said that the Netherlands has devised solutions to improve labour capacity and hi-tech varieties resistant to epidemics. At present, the Netherlands has successfully provided food to many nations around the world.
Ms Dijksma said that Vietnam’s fruit and vegetables sector has bright future prospects for exports, due to its diversified products in both local and foreign markets and its attractive destination for foreign investors.
She emphasized that it needs to strengthen cooperative relations by devising proper solutions and boost closer co-ordination among businesses and the governments to fully tap Vietnam’s advantages.
Minister Phat affirmed that Vietnam has always considered fruit and vegetables spearhead produce which can bring high economic efficiency. In recent years, cultivation areas have developed rapidly with many high quality specialties meeting the local demands and competing with products from the US, EU, Australia and New Zealand.
So far, Vietnam’s fruit and vegetables are available in 40 foreign markets in the world with annual export turnover increasing by 30%. Last year, the sector earned an export turnover of more than US$1 billion and the country has 13 import markets with total turnover fetching upward of US$10 million per year.
Minister Phat expressed hope that with experience and advanced technologies, the Netherlands will support Vietnam in develop the sector sustainably to bring practical efficiency to both countries.