Exporters of agricultural products, especially dragon fruit, must improve quality and focus on the domestic and new export markets and reduce their dependence on the Chinese market amid the current epidemic outbreak, experts have said. The Lao Cai International Border Gate in the northern mountain province of Lao Cai. — Photo baotintuc.vn Speaking at a meeting in Long An Province on Wednesday, Le Minh Duc, director of the local Department of Industry and Trade, said the province's exports of dragon fruit have been badly hit since a number of Chinese importers have cancelled their orders. Hong Thai Duong Company, a Chinese importer that buys a whopping 30-40 per cent of the province's entire exports, has cancelled imports of some 300 containers of the fruit (15 tonnes per container at VND40,000- 50,000 per kilogramme) to be delivered between January end and February end. The company has paid a compensation of VND4,000 per kilogramme. Another Chinese importer, Phu Quy Company, cancelled around 200 containers, but later said it would buy though at VND5,000 or lower per kilogramme. Long An has 9,587 hectares under dragon fruit, and produces around 320,000 tonnes a year, according to its Department of Industry and Trade. Some 70-80… Read full this story
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