Workers process octopuses for export at a factory in the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang (Photo: VNA)
Vietnam has recorded continual growth in squid and octopus exports to China
over the last three years, according to the Vietnam Association of Seafood
Exporters and Producers (VASEP).
Shipments of these
commodities to China last year rose by nearly 61 percent from 2019 and by 21
percent year on year in the first four months of 2021 to more than 9.7 million
Thanks to the COVID-19
pandemic partly contained in China, this country has gradually eased
restrictions, helping to recover demand for mollusc imports, VASEP said, noting
that squid and octopus products remain one of Vietnam’s key aquatic exports to
the neighbouring market.
Vietnam shipped almost 3.3
billion USD worth of aquatic products abroad in the first five months of 2021,
up 14 percent year on year.
Up to 60 percent, or nearly 2
billion USD, of the revenue was contributed by the 13 Mekong Delta localities
while six others in the southeastern region made up 18 percent, 602 million
USD, VASEP reported.
January and May, overall agricultural exports to China posted impressive growth with
shipments of some produce even matching or surpassing the corresponding figures
for the entire 2020, according to the Plant Protection Department under the
Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
In particular, Vietnam shipped over 468,000
tonnes of mango to this market, equivalent to 112 percent of last year’s
figure; 348,000 tonnes of banana, 87 percent; 301,000 tonnes of jackfruit, 92
percent; and 1.1 million tonnes of dragon fruit, 63 percent.
Hoang Trung, Director of the Plant Protection
Department, said China has long been the main importer of farm produce from
Vietnam, and it will remain the largest buyer of Vietnamese agro-forestry-fishery
products in the time to come./.