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7/20/2018 9:51:47 AM

New Zealand accompanies Dak Nong avocado on the way to global market

(VNF) - Dak Nong’s avocado industry is putting a first step closer towards the world, thanks to the signing of a 3-year technical assistance project jointly conducted by the New Zealand G2G Partnerships Office, Plant and Food Research and SAM Agritech and Dak Nong province.

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New Zealand Consul General to Vietnam, Karlene Davis (R) at the event. (source: NZ Embassy in VN)

The project, signed on July 20, creates a solid foundation for Dak Nong’s avocado industry. It aims to improve the productivity and quality for Dak Nong’s fresh and processed high value avocados, including Hass avocado.

Vietnam has a diversity of avocado varieties flowing through the market from different sources, but most of them are non-standard and mainly West Indian “green-skin” types. Such local varieties are great for domestic and regional exports, but the potential for local varieties for high value international markets is low, given the fact that Hass avocado is the most popular and accounts for 80 per cent of the avocados consumed globally.

Speaking at the event, New Zealand Consul General to Vietnam, Karlene Davis stated: “Similar to Viet Nam, agriculture and food sectors are crucial to New Zealand’s economy. More than 80% of New Zealand’s total agricultural production is now exported. In 2017, New Zealand exported $155.5 million of avocados into international markets such as Australia, Japan, Singapore, Korea and Thailand – with the previous highest export value being $103m in 2014.”

"To get to this point, New Zealand invested heavily in food safety and quality control, productivity, and distribution. As a result we have developed world-leading expertise, which we believe will be relevant as Dak Nong grows its own avocado value chain," she noted.

According to Dr Emmet McElhatton, Commercial Manager of the New Zealand G2G Partnerships Office, there will be huge opportunities for Dak Nong’s avocado sector as a result of this innovative partnership. This is the first time New Zealand and Vietnam has signed such co-investment funding model.” 

The new model is being delivered as part of Memorandum of Understanding signed between New Zealand G2G Partnerships Office, Plant and Food Research, SAM Agritech and Dak Nong People’s Committee during Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc visit to New Zealand in March 2018./.

  ( Phi Yen )
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