Vietnam's horticultural exports rise in first half

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Vietnam's horticultural exports rise in first half

Vietnam's fruit and vegetable exports increased 32.5% year-on-year to US$302 million in the first half of 2011, news agency Vietnam News reported.

The figures were released by the General Statistics Office, which registered US$50 million in fruit and vegetable exports in June alone, the story reported.

Local experts told Vietnam News the country's fruit quality had improved recently, citing examples of South Korea opening its doors to Vietnamese dragon fruit and New Zealand inspections of mangoes.

The Plant Protection Department said Taiwan was expected to resume imports of Vietnamese dragon fruit, while the Southeast Asian country has shipped 750,000 metric tons (MT) of the fruit to the U.S. in the first half.

Vietnamese industry expects to double dragon fruit exports to the U.S., Japan and South Korea this year with a total of 2,600MT.

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