14/03/2019 08:17 GMT+7 print

HortEx Vietnam 2019 kicks off in Ho Chi Minh City

The second International Exhibition & Conference for Horticultural and Floricultural Production and Processing Technology in Vietnam (HortEx Vietnam 2019) opened in Ho Chi Minh City on March 13.

The three-day event is co-organised by the Minh Vi Exhibitions and Advertisement Services Co., Ltd., (VEAS) and the Netherlands’ Nova Exhibition BV.

Nguyen Ba Vinh, a representative of the organising board, the scale of HortEx Vietnam 2019 doubles that of the previous year, making it the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia. The event has attracted the participation of nearly 200 businesses from 28 nations and territories, including Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, the Netherlands, and Vietnam.

It also gathers cutting-edge products and modern technologies that serve the production and processing of fruits and vegetables, including net houses, packing machinery, and post-harvest handling solutions.

Along with the exhibitions, the organising board has coordinated with ministries, sectors, and associations to organise a series of workshops, as well as a forum on export market information that will introduce international buyers and update Vietnamese firms on sci-tech achievements in the field of vegetable and fruit production.

In his opening speech, Deputy Director of the Agency for Southern Affairs under the Ministry of Industry and Trade Nguyen Quang Huy highlighted the importance of the cultivation sector in supplying high-value fresh and processed products to domestic and foreign markets.

The sector has also made important contributions to increasing incomes and generating jobs for farmers as well as promoting the development of other economic sectors, he noted.

Last year, Vietnam recorded great successes in exporting vegetables and fruits, with the export turnover reaching 3.8 billion USD and the figure is hoped to increase in 2019, he said.

Huy underlined the need to create opportunities for exchange and connection to introduce products and share new technologies and market information, thus promoting the production and processing of vegetables and fruits in a sustainable and modern manner.

HortEx Vietnam 2019 is a useful trade bridge, helping Vietnamese enterprises promote their products to more domestic and foreign partners, thus expanding consumption markets and further attracting investment for stronger development in the sector in the time to come, he noted.

HortEx Vietnam 2019 and its associated events will run until March 15.