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Potatoes NZ welcomes Vietnamese market

Fresh potatoes from New Zealand have been approved for export to Vietnam, providing a new export opportunity for growers. Champak Mehta, Chief Executive of Potatoes New Zealand Inc., said the development, which follows four years’ of negotiations, would absorb excess potatoes in good growing seasons and provide better export prices for growers in less abundant years. “We currently export about $100m of potatoes each year,“ Mr Mehta. “Most of that is frozen, with about $15m worth – about 30,000 tonnes – exported as fresh produce. “Most fresh product goes to Fiji, with some to other Asia Pacific markets. The Vietnam market can be supplied by New Zealand potatoes over a long period of time due to New Zealand’s exceptional storage conditions. More