The French economy is saved! The apples export resumes in Vietnam.
After long protests of French farmers, the government has mobilized in favor of agriculture and Martine PINVILLE, Secretary of State for Trade, visited Vietnam from Monday 27 to Tuesday, July 28, 2015.
It was then that Mr. CAO DUC PHAT, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, with whom Martine PINVILLE met, has announced having made the decision to reopen, as of August 15, 2015, the market Vietnamese apples of French origin that had been closed since 2014. Remember that this work was already done by Nicole Bricq two years earlier.
With an average production of 3 million tonnes per year, France is the third European producer of fresh fruit. Almost half of production, or 1.3 million tonnes of fresh fruit is exported, 85% in the EU and 15% in third countries. The apple is the first fruit exported by France, up to 700 thousand tons annually, and contributes to the image of excellence of the French food chain abroad.
« The government wants also engaged with other third countries negotiations can be concluded rapidly to allow French apple seduce new consumers in many countries », said Martine PINVILLE.
So in summary, we are fighting to export a small portion of fruit to countries represents only a small share of 15%. It took us at least four ministers and two years to achieve this result. Big deal, French economy is saved!