Vietnam is now adding fruit and vegetables to its rapidly expanding array of major agricultural exports. the Vinafruit industry group reports this week that exports are more than $724 million so far this year and will exceed $1 billion for the first time in 2013.
That’s a remarkable accomplishment for a country that faced starvation poverty a generation ago — and it shows Vietnam continues to grow as a major exporter of agricultural products.
Vietnam has a long way to go before it will become a global leader in fruit and vegetable exports, but the country already is at or near the top of exports of seafood, coffee, pepper, cashews, rice, and other products that come out of the earth and sea.
Vietnam sells fruit and vegetables in 40 international markets, especially in China, USA, Japan, Korea, and Europe.
Vinafruit says the global demand for fruit and vegetables is predicted to increase 5% annually, and Vietnam intends to continue to supply the world with an expanding array of produce.
Vietnam has completed the transition from an agricultural basket case to a growing food supplier for the world.