Vietnam to resume cut flower exports to Australia

A new phytosanitary measure for Vietnam’s cut flowers exported to Australia was unveiled during a ceremony held on January 24. The event was jointly organized by the Plant Protection Department (PPD) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development together with the Embassy of Australia in Vietnam.

The PPD has reached an agreement with the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources on the use of metsulfuron-methyl instead of glyphosate, which has been banned in Vietnam since June 2021 for the sake of people's health and the environment, for treatment of bulbs of cut chrysanthemum before exporting to Australia, starting March 1.

After the resumption of Vietnam’s flower shipments to Australia, the sides will continue keeping watch on the safety and effectiveness of metsulfuron-methyl on the batches for the next six months, vice head of the PPD Nguyen Thi Thu Huong said. Cut flower exporters are asked to make thorough preparations in terms of technical and quality requirements by both countries, for the resumption of cut chrysanthemum shipments from March 1, thereby raising export revenues of the agricultural sector in particular and the country at large, she added.

Australia has been among the important traditional markets of Vietnamese flowers for 23 years. Vietnam ships nearly 30 million cuts of flowers and foliage to the Oceania nation each year, raking in 5.2 million USD. As Australia only allows the use of glyphosate solutions for the treatment of imported cut flowers, the PPD and the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources had worked with Vietnamese producers to carry out various experiments in an effort to find suitable alternatives.

After months of negotiations, the Australian Department has allowed Vietnam to be the first nation to use metsulfuron methyl in place of glyphosate.

Read the complete article at www.en.vietnamplus.vn.


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