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Agro-forestry exports to China: Focus on quality and origin

TQO - Tuyen Quang province is currently exporting tea, base paper, writing paper, printing paper and wooden chopsticks to the Chinese market through official channels. Meanwhile, many agricultural products, such as bananas, peanuts, buffaloes and hogs, mainly go through unofficial channels. This form of exports often neglects traceability for the origin of goods.

Employees of the Van Toi plywood peeling facility in Dao Vien commune, Yen Son district, Tuyen Quang province are loading plywood exports for the Chinese market.

Chiem Hoa fresh peanuts have also been strongly exported to China over the last two years. On average, during each crop, the local people in Chiem Hoa commune export about 34,000-35,000 tonnes to the Chinese market, earning a revenue of more than VND36 billion (US$1.55 million).

In the near future, the volume of Tuyen Quang’s agro-forestry products for exports will rise sharply, with China being their major export market, requiring stricter standards  in terms of the quality and origin of goods, as well as certain criteria concerning the processing and outsourcing stages of farm produce.

At the present time, the province’s agro-forestry processing and production businesses are focusing their investment on production techniques and modern technologies in processing and preservation, aiming to improve product quality. Simultaneously, they are also paying due attention to acquiring clear origin traceability and animal and plant quarantine certificates, while changing their mind towards exporting the products through official channels.

The provincial industry and trade sector is planning to continue working closely with localities to open training classes as well as provide information for businesses concerning China’s market, requirements and regulations, especially during the harvest of each farming product.

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