Vietnam expects 50 billion in agro forestry and aquatic exports in 2023

Talking on the “Bringing Vietnamese agricultural merchandise and processed meals into international distribution programs” workshop on August 14 in Ho Chi Minh Metropolis, Nguyen Thao Hien, deputy director of the European-American Market Division on the Ministry of Trade and Commerce stated, “Vietnam is among the many world’s high 3 suppliers of espresso, the most important provider of cashew nuts and pepper, and the third-largest provider of rice.”

Over the primary eight months, China, the US, and Japan remained the three largest export markets for Vietnam. The export worth to China accounted for 21.9 per cent, the US made up 20.6 per cent, and Japan stood at 7.6 per cent.

In 2022, a lot of Vietnam’s agricultural merchandise, resembling banana, candy potato, chicken’s nest, grapefruit, longan, ardour fruit, and durian had been licensed for export to developed markets together with the US, Japan, China, and New Zealand.

Deputy Minister of Trade and Commerce Do Thang Hai (centre) and leaders of companies on the workshop
“China stays a sexy marketplace for Vietnamese agricultural merchandise in 2023 because of the booming demand and the shut geographical location, which reduces logistics prices and time in comparison with different markets,” Hien stated.

Though Vietnam’s agricultural product business has achieved many constructive outcomes, sustainable improvement and environmental safety are nonetheless key necessities in most of its key export markets.

International locations are adjusting their authorized frameworks with a collection of recent legal guidelines and laws to fulfill particular objectives, and these are spreading to different nations because of the robust political commitments that had been made at COP26 and COP27.

In truth, the EU is a pioneer market on this difficulty with the promulgation of a collection of legal guidelines beneath the European Inexperienced Deal, aimed toward addressing the challenges associated to local weather and the atmosphere.

In mid-Might, the EU issued the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) laws, which drive importers into the EU to report their complete carbon emissions for items.

“Vietnam produces over 29 million tons of rice straw, and greater than 80 per cent of that is burned within the fields after harvest. The behavior of drying rice in conventional methods, resembling by putting it on roads and fields in rural areas, and low rice milling effectivity in lots of international locations are growing the waste of this valuable meals,” Thuan stated.

On the finish of June, the EU additionally issued the EU Regulation on Deforestation-free Merchandise (EUDR). Accordingly, firms buying and selling in wooden, espresso, cocoa, rubber, soybeans, cattle, palm oil, and by-product merchandise within the EU should show that their items are usually not associated to unlawful deforestation actions.

At present, the laws on environmental safety in Vietnam’s important export markets such because the EU, North America, and Northeast Asian markets have gotten more and more stricter.

The US and Canadian governments are additionally contemplating mechanisms much like the EU’s CBAM and EUDR.

In accordance with Nguyen Duy Thuan, CEO of Loctroi Group, rice is important, and is a crucial facet of meals safety. Its manufacturing can also be an vital supply of earnings for over 150 million farming households worldwide. Nonetheless, it’s each a sufferer and a offender of local weather change.

Rice rising and processing generates vital greenhouse fuel emissions, together with methane, nitrous oxide, and CO2, equating to 10 per cent of world methane emissions and from 25 to 33 per cent of these in Southeast Asia.

“All of this information offers us a transparent message that rice manufacturing is at the moment unsustainable, so we’d like a strategic change,” emphasised Thuan.

Nguyen Duy Thuan, CEO of Loctroi Group, displayed superior technological options to maximise sub-products submit rice harvest

Being one of many main rice processors in Vietnam, Loc Troi has constructed a technique for rice manufacturing that goals to alter manufacturing habits by making use of sustainable rice-growing requirements (SRP), coaching farmers to observe SRP standards with bonuses to encourage constructive habits, and alluring worldwide companies to confirm and certify the outcomes.

In its factories, Loc Troi has researched and improved superior technological options to maximise the sub-products submit rice harvest and cut back post-harvest waste. It has additionally utilized kaizen (that means steady enchancment) in 10 factories with the purpose of accelerating effectivity to 90 per cent from the present 70 per cent, and put in photo voltaic vitality in all its factories to cut back fossil gasoline use.

“At present, Loc Troi is the one firm on the planet to realize an SRP100 rating, licensed by the World Rice Analysis Institute and unbiased worldwide inspection companies. It has achieved this most rating for 4 consecutive years. This SRP100 certification additionally offers a chance to have confirmed carbon credit that may be traded on the worldwide carbon credit score market,” Thuan emphasised.

Tran Minh Thang, head of the Vietnam Commerce Workplace Department in San Francisco, stated that to enhance the effectivity of exporting recent lychees to this market, compliance with meals security laws is a prerequisite. This requires the farming and rising course of to strictly adjust to the laws and necessities of the import markets.

“Cooperating with large-scale retailers resembling AEON, Safeway, Albertsons, and WinCo Meals is a crucial technique. Retailer chains and supermarkets within the US, Japan, EU are more and more specializing in offering recent and pure fruits. Due to this fact, establishing partnerships with these retailers can carry nice advantages to companies,” Thang emphasised.

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