Bright Prospects for Vietnam-Australia Collaboration in Organic Food Industry

This is an exceptional and invaluable opportunity to gain insights and establish trade connections that will significantly boost production, processing, and export capabilities. It also offers a direct connection with Australian import partners and leading organizations specialized in organic agriculture training. Embark on this journey to broaden your knowledge and expand your network in the vibrant Oceania country.

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A group of 19 Vietnamese companies, the Vietnam Organic Agriculture Association (VOAA), and several trainers in organic farming will visit Australia from March 18-25 to promote various types of organic products, as reported by VNA.

The event is organized by Mekong Organics, the Export Council of Australia, the Centre for Rural Development-Saemaul Undong (under the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University, HCM City), and the VOAA.

Liquid aminos, sugar, and vinegar made from coconut flower by Sokfarm Vietnam showcased at Biofach 2024. Photo: VNA

During the tour, Vietnamese organic farming stories, along with the delightful flavors of coconut flower nectar juice, pepper, tea, coffee, and cashew products, will be introduced in Sydney, Bairnsdale, and Melbourne on March 23 and March 25, respectively.

While in Australia, the delegation will visit organic cultivation models in Canberra, the Riverina region in New South Wales, and the Gippsland region in Victoria. They will also meet with various Australian organizations, such as the Australian Organic Agriculture Association (OAA), the non-governmental organization Global Landcare, leaders of the Vietnamese economic program at DFAT, and representatives of the Vietnamese Embassy in Canberra and the Vietnamese Consulate General in Sydney.

The purpose of the trip is to help enhance the production and processing capabilities of Vietnamese companies, as well as establish connections with Australian importers and leading organic farming trainers.

According to the Director of Mekong Organics, Nguyen Van Kien, who is also the director of the project on enhancing investment and trade promotion of organic agricultural products between Vietnam and Australia, the trip plays a crucial role in building trust in the quality of Vietnamese organic products in Australia.

He expressed his hope that Vietnam’s organic cultivation, processing, and trade will continue to improve in the future.

In November 2023, the project organized training for 83 Australian businesses interested in trading with Vietnam. This year, the project conducted 2 training classes on export capabilities for 30 businesses and cooperatives in the southern region and 30 enterprises and cooperatives in the northern region of Vietnam. Two forums were also held on the theme “Strengthening investment promotion and trade promotion of Australia-Vietnam organic agriculture” at the Rural Development Center – Saemaul Undong on January 17 and at the Organic Agriculture Association in Hanoi on January 20.

The event attracted over 100 businesses, cooperatives, international experts, representatives of the Australian Embassy in Hanoi, Australian Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City, leaders of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnamese villages, and leaders of Vietnamese provinces and cities.

Currently, both Australia and Vietnam aim to diversify their trade relationship. To achieve this, the Australian Government has established and developed the Australia-Vietnam Enhanced Economic Engagement Grant (AVEG). After the success of the first round project, Mekong Organics was selected to participate in the second round.

Mekong Organics was founded in 2019 with the mission of promoting the application of chemical-free agricultural methods in the Mekong region, with a particular focus on Vietnam.

Bilateral trade reached USD 13.8 billion last year, making Australia Vietnam’s 10th largest trading partner and Vietnam Australia’s seventh largest trading partner in Southeast Asia.

Hannah Nguyen