A program to support farmers has been held to support those affected by a hold-up in exporting their wares.
In recent days, the Department of Import and Export has contacted the Department of Industry and Trade in some provinces to buy up watermelons from vendors in Hanoi as the current difficulty in crossing the Tan Thanh border into China means that many are going rotten before they can be sold.
China's storage capacity at this time of year means that border crossing can be extremely slow, causing damage to export products. Initially, the Ministry has called on employees to buy up 14 tons.
Mr. Tran Thanh Hai, Deputy Head of Department of Import and Export, hopes that the program can act as a reminder to agencies and locals. He wants the situation resolved as quickly as possible, and to avoid this happening again in the future.
Mrs. Nguyen Thi Hoa, Chairman of the Department of Trade Union said that the action is for the “Vietnamese use Vietnamese goods” campaign.
Since early this week, hundreds of trucks carrying watermelons have been stuck at Tan Thanh border, with the weather causing spoilage. The result is that farmers from Quang Nam Province are facing great lose. The movement to buy watermelons to support them has been set in motion by many volunteer groups in northern cities such as Hanoi, Thai Nguyen and Bac Ninh.