Vietnam will export close to 18 tonnes of mangoes to Australia on a daily basis in the coming time as part of the agreements reached between the Suoi Lon Mango Cooperative in the southern province of Dong Nai and Australian partners.
Director of the cooperative Nguyen The Bao said the negotiations with Australian importers were conducted from May 2016, and so far the sides have agreed on material areas, production stages, and prices.
Australia will transfer preservation technology to the cooperative on a trial basis. This aims to ensure the fruits are free from toxic substances.
Australia is buying mangoes from Thailand and Mexico. However, it will purchase more mangoes from the Vietnamese cooperative to meet the local increasing demand during the period from mid-March to late-May annually, he noted.
Prices of export mangoes will be higher than that of domestic market. The shipment will be carried out via air and sea routes.
The Suoi Lon Mango Cooperative has 150 hectares of mangoes, including nearly 25 hectares meeting the Vietnam Good Agricultural Practice (VietGAP) and Global Good Agricultural Practice (GlobalGAP) standards. Each season could harvest over 4,500 tonnes of fruits.
In the coming time, the growing area will be expanded to 270 hectares, he said, adding that the cooperative has limited the use of plant protection products while increasing the use of micro-organic fertiliser to create clean and safe products.
Apart from Australia , the cooperative is exporting around 2,000 tonnes of mangoes to Japan.
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