In a new milestone for Australia-Vietnam agricultural cooperation, the first consignment of Vietnamese mangoes was exported to Australia on 17 September. Consumers living in the city of Perth will this week be able purchase the mangoes, originating from Cao Lanh, Dong Thap Province.
The first green mangoes of the season Checking the mangoes before export Credit: PPD Centre 2 HCMC
Australia’s Ambassador to Vietnam, Mr Craig Chittick, has welcomed this trade development.
“I am delighted that Australian consumers will now be able to enjoy Vietnamese mangoes which will complement the Australian mango season with northern hemisphere product.”
“Australia and Vietnam share a strong agriculture trading relationship. Just as Vietnamese consumers enjoy Australian fruit such as table grapes, oranges, mandarins, and hopefully soon, cherries, Australians will relish the refreshing and full flavour of Vietnamese mangoes whether enjoying them fresh or in various dishes and drinks”.
The Australian Government completed the risk assessment for Vietnamese mangoes in December 2015 and has worked closely since then with the Plant Protection Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to finalise treatment options. The first import permits for Vietnamese mangoes were issued by Australia in June 2016.
To coincide with the arrival of the mangoes, the Embassy of Vietnam and the Vietnam Trade Office in Australia has prepared promotional material including recipe books, to introduce Australian consumers to the New Taste, New Look of Vietnamese mangoes.