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Vietnam appeals to India to open its market for dragon fruit among other agricultural products
Vietnamese Ambassador to India Pham Sanh Chau has urged the Indian government to create favourable conditions, remove tariff and non-tariff barriers, and simplify administrative procedures in order to facilitate the two countries' access to each other's markets.
The major push, however, was for increasing the purchase of dragon fruit, Vietnam's leading agricultural export to the rest of the world.
According to the General Department of Vietnam Customs, dragon fruit accounts for about a third of Vietnamese fruit and vegetable exports. Revenue from dragon fruit exports is nearly four times higher than longan and mango.
Based on data from India-based research firm, Mordor Intelligence, Vietnam produced 11,98,854.1 metric tons of the fruit, also known as pitahaya, in 2019 with an estimated export value of about USD 450 million. The production of the fruit, mainly in Binh Thuan, Long An, and Tien Giang provinces, is expected to grow at a CAGR (compounded annual growth rate) of 6 per cent, reaching 17,06,065.3 metric tons by 2025.
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