Vietnamese pomelo licensed to enter US market

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(VOVWORLD) - The US Department of Agriculture has officially licensed the import of fresh pomelo from Vietnam after over five years of negotiations.
Vietnamese pomelo licensed to enter US market - ảnh 1Vietnamese and US officials at the meeting to announce the US's requirements for pomelo import from Vietnam on October 17. (Photo: VNA)

Pomelo is the 7th fresh fruit of Vietnam to be licensed to enter the US market, following mango, longan, lychee, dragon fruit, rambutan, and star apple, said Hoang Trung, Director of the Plant Protection Department at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, at meeting in Hanoi Monday.

The US has great demand for fruit, up to 12 million tons each year. Its domestic production has met just 70% of the demand while the remaining 30%, equivalent to 3.6 million tonnes, is imported. Vietnam has about 105,000ha of land growing diverse varieties of pomelo, generating nearly 905,000 tonnes of fruit. The Mekong Delta houses about 32,000ha with an output of some 369,000 tonnes.

All pomelo batches to be shipped to the US will be irradiated at the US-recognised irradiation establishments under the supervision of the US Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the Plant Protection Department.