Recent days has seen hundreds of containers flock to Cam Giang and Nam Sach districts in Hai Duong province, the nation’s largest novel coronavirus (COVID-19) hotspot, to transport carrots to Hai Phong port before being exported to the Republic of Korea (RoK).
Hai Duong has just ended social distancing measures after the latest coronavirus outbreak was brought under control. Check points which connect the locality to Hai Phong city have also been lifted.
Tran Van Quan, director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said 30 containers of carrots were transported on March 3 from Duc Chinh commune in Cam Giang district.
Furthermore, approximately 1,000 tonnes of carrots from Hai Duong province are planned to be exported to the RoK on March 4, Quan added.
Local firms collected carrots from farmers at a price of VND5,000 (just US$0.21) per kilo, and sold the product to the importer at VND10,000 per kilo.
The boost in farm produce exports has taken place after the RoK on February 25 decided to lift its import ban placed on Vietnamese carrots along with some other agricultural products.
Hai Duong makes up one of the largest carrot growing areas in northern Vietnam, covering 1,500 hectares with the majority mainly located in Cam Giang and Nam Sach districts.
The price of carrots for export is anticipated to rise further if China, Vietnam’s largest farm produce consumer, opens its border to import the product.