Vietnam's dragon fruit exports fell 10 per cent for the January-November period of 2020, as the Covid-19 pandemic hit hard.
According to a Vietnam News Agency report, the fall did not stop the fruit dominating the country's fruit exports, with over US$1bn in shipments during the period in question.
Despite the fact Vietnamese dragon fruit has acess to a number of global markets, including the EU, US, Australia, Japan and more, China still accounts for 92.3 per cent of overall exports.
The outbreak of coronavirus in China therefore had a big impact on exports last year, Vietnam News Agency confirmed.
Vietnam's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development reported that production area for dragon fruit in the country is around 57,000ha with output more than 500,000 tonnes – numbers that have increased 20-fold over the past ten years.