Irradiation centre set to bolster fruit production, Vietnam News, 4 June 2016.

An edited extract of the original article has been reproduced below.

HÀ NỘI —  Upgrades on the Hà Nội Irradiation Centre are expected to pave the way for more Vietnamese fruit, particularly those from the northern region, to reach overseas consumers.

Director of the Centre Đặng Quang Thiệu said the upgrade was approved last year, with funding of some VNĐ20 billion (US$896,400)…

The upgrades, which include adding a 200sq.m freezer storage unit, modern irradiation equipment and other technology, will allow the centre to irradiate fruit such as lychees and longans this year onwards, he said.

Irradiation is considered a safe technology that helps to kill all bacteria and microorganisms and keep fruit fresh for longer periods, even up to a few months. Major fruit importers such as Australia, Canada and the United States require fruit to be irradiated before they enter the countries.

…Last year was the first year that Việt Nam had sent lychees to the United States and Australia, where there are strict quarantine regulations on fruit. At that time, firms in the north had to transfer their lychee crops to the south for irradiation treatment, which increased transportation costs…

Việt Nam exported more than 40 kinds of fruits and vegetables to over 40 countries and territories. Fastidious markets such as the United States, Australia, the European Union and Japan have opened their doors to Vietnamese fruits such as longans, lychees and mangoes.

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