Hà Nội promotes agricultural exports

Hà Nội is promoting agricultural exports by developing a chain from production to consumption of export agricultural products, according to the Hà Nội Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

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Vegetables of Văn Đức Agricultural Service Business Cooperative in Gia Lâm District. It has exported 300-500 tonnes of organic vegetables each year. — Photo courtesy of Hà Nội Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

HÀ NỘI — Hà Nội is promoting agricultural exports by developing a chain from production to consumption of export agricultural products, according to the Hà Nội Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The department said Hà Nội now has 35 rice planting areas, 104 vegetable planting areas, 56 fruit tree planting areas, 66 aquaculture areas, and 162 livestock areas.

This is an advantage for Hà Nội to become one of the localities with the potential to export key agricultural products.

Hà Nội also has 16 coded banana and longan planting areas and four coded packaging facilities with a daily capacity of 30 – 50 tonnes of export products in each facility.

In addition, the capital city also has 1,649 products belonging to the One Commune One Product (OCOP) Programme, including 20 potential five-star products, 1,098 four-star products, and 534 three-star products. They include more than 1,000 food products.

It is one of the favourable conditions for the city’s agricultural products to approach strict markets, boosting agricultural exports.

To support businesses and cooperatives in expanding export markets for vegetables and fruits, Deputy Director of Hà Nội Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyễn Ngọc Sơn said Hà Nội needs to continue coordinating with ministries and branches to strengthen connection and promotion activities for the official export of agricultural products.

It will strengthen training courses for agricultural, forestry and fishery production and business establishments on regulations on quality and food safety, and control of imported and exported foods to promote farming produce production and export.

Those courses focus on market information, guidance on registering codes for production areas, and quarantine regulations, as well as import control procedures of the markets of China, South Korea, and Japan.

Hà Nội also will promote information on free trade agreements, including the EVFTA and CTPP, and foreign market barriers to improve the quality of agricultural products, meeting the increasing requirements of the export markets.

Additionally, the city is promoting the development of coded quality and safe specialised farming areas associated with traceability. It also focuses on building brands for key agricultural products, ensuring export standards.

In particular, via the support for the development of cooperatives, Hà Nội has built 141 farming produce production chains, including 59 chains producing animal products, and 82 chains producing plant products.

Lê Xuân Trường, deputy head of Hà Nội’s Sub-Department of Cultivation and Plant Protection, said that the city needs to support cooperatives, businesses, and farm owners in applying high technology to the production and processing of key commodities for export.

To do this, it must have policies to encourage and support planting areas and packaging establishments in developing the scale of commodity production under the requirements of the importing countries. In addition, it is necessary to support farmers and cooperatives in applying e-commerce to access potential markets in the world.

Nguyễn Thế Lâm, director of Khánh Phong Agricultural Cooperative in Mê Linh District, said if his cooperative participates in training courses on cross-border e-commerce and marketing, it expects to approach more customers.

Lâm shared that sometimes, guava can only sell for VNĐ10,000 per kilo, but if this kind of fruit is exported, the selling price is likely to increase, and the pressure on consumption in the harvesting season will also decrease.

Meanwhile, many cooperatives have continued investment in production to increase linkages and expand export opportunities in many forms.

For example, Đồng Tâm Livestock and Service Cooperative in Quốc Oai District has invested in a closed animal husbandry process. Besides promoting consumption at wholesale markets and exporting directly, the cooperative also provides products for large supermarket systems, such as Coop Mart and AEON.

Especially, the AEON supermarket system is present in many countries, so Hà Nội’s products appearing at this supermarket system will be an opportunity to approach many foreign consumers.

Đông Phú Organic Agriculture Cooperative in Chương Mỹ District has linked with two businesses to build a chain from production to export for rice products, thereby increasing the value of local rice and income for farmers.

Nguyễn Văn Minh, director of Văn Đức Agricultural Service Business Cooperative in Gia Lâm District, said that Văn Đức Commune has 220ha of safe vegetables, including 26.9ha of vegetables produced under VietGAP standard.

Now, besides supplying supermarkets, wholesale markets and neighbouring provinces, the cooperative has also exported 300-500 tonnes of safe vegetables each year to Taiwan (China) and South Korea.

Đại Thành Agricultural Cooperative in Quốc Oai District is developing 160ha of planting fruit trees according to VietGAP production standards, including 115ha growing longan.

Therefore, Đại Hoàng late ripening longan is not only a specialty of Hà Nội market, but also consumed at supermarket systems and exported to South Korea, Malaysia, the US and Poland.

According to Hà Nội Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Hà Nội’s agricultural, forestry and fishery export value reached US$1.75 billion in 2022. Of which, the export value of agricultural products and foods reach $871 million, up 12.2 per cent on year; and timber and wood product export value was $883 million, up 17.5 per cent.

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