Believing that they are unsafe for health, many people are now reluctant to eat fruit and vegetables.
Vietnam has not only tackled a deficit but generated a trade surplus with Chile since a free trade agreement between the two countries came into effect on January 1, 2014.
Russia's recent decision to ban fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, milk and dairy imports from the US, the EU, Australia, Canada and Norway creates opportunities for Vietnamese businesses to expand exports to the Eurasian country.
It is early summer and not yet the harvest season for apples in Europe, but the shelves of all supermarkets and even restaurants in Warsaw were stacked with the fruit.
Fruit and vegetable exports have outpaced the national average in recent times, making agriculture one of the leading export sectors.
Two-way trade between Vietnam and Singapore surged 22.4% to more than US$6.5 billion in the four months leading up to May, according to the Singapore Department of Statistics (DOS).
The Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang's six-month total exports were US$621 million, fulfilling more than 53.
“There are a lot of opportunities to do business in Vietnam,” said Jeffrey Yu, Merchandise Director of Giant Singapore, adding that his company will import more products from Vietnam, especially litchi.
Vietnam and the Netherlands signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on plant quarantine,at the Vietnam-Netherlands cooperation forum on fruit and vegetables, held in Hanoi on June 16.