Vietnam's fruit and veg exports on track to hit $2 billion this year

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A farmer waits to sell her lychee fruit she transported on the back of a motorbike from her family garden to traders at the market in Luc Ngan district, in Vietnam's northern province of Bac Giang. Photo: AFP A farmer waits to sell her lychee fruit she transported on the back of a motorbike from her family garden to traders at the market in Luc Ngan district, in Vietnam's northern province of Bac Giang. Photo: AFP

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Vietnam's fruit and vegetables are getting more popular overseas with exports growing 26.5 percent annually, local media reported. 
In the January-September period, the revenue was estimated at over $1.4 billion, up 16.5 percent year-on-year. Exports are expected to hit $2 billion by the end of the year, news website Bao Dau tu reported, citing the Vietnam Fruit and Vegetables Association.
Many markets with high quality standards such as Australia, Japan and the US have opened to Vietnamese fresh fruit, it said.
Longan, for instance, has recently passed the US strict standards, with 18.7 hectares of planting area in Hanoi being certified by the US Department of Agriculture.
Lychee grown in the northern province of Bac Giang has also reached new markets, including Canada and France, bringing in $80 million this year, vice chairman Duong Van Thai told the website.
Huynh Quang Dau, vice chairman of the association, said local businesses are eyeing new markets, such as Italy and Russia.
Vietnamese fresh fruit and vegetables are now exported to 40 countries and territories around the world.

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