Vietnam has the ambition to become an international player in the agriculture and horticulture sector. However, if they want to compete with other players in the field, they must scale up. And that’s difficult. Labour is becoming scarcer and more expensive, land is difficult to obtain, and the country’s infrastructure still leaves a lot to be desired.
Vietnam is one of the Asian tigers, confirmed Willem Schoustra, the Dutch agricultural counsellor, in a recent episode of Jungle Talks on Paprika Tasty Radio. The economy of the country, with a population of 100 million, has been developing rapidly since the year 2000. The middle class is growing and thanks to the increasing population, there are a million more future consumers each year. Even during the past year, the GDP of Vietnam went up by 3%.
Schoustra: “People are active, they want to work, they’re entrepreneurial. The country wants to progress.” The Vietnamese climate, which includes three different zones, is suitable for the production of flowers, plants and vegetables. What’s more, Vietnamese people love flowers, and the demand for healthy food is increasing. Vietnam has the ambition to become an international player in the agriculture and horticulture sector. (..)
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