Vietnam has favorable conditions for developing tropical and subtropical fruit crops. In particular, the banana has been grown in many parts of the country and it is a tropical fruit crop of considerable economic and social importance in Vietnam.


In recent years, the research and development of the banana is the government priority. So far, government-funded projects have focused on banana plant germplasm evaluation and conservation, selection and breeding of new varieties, propagation methods, and intensified production techniques to different ecological – agricultural areas. Over the years, the Fruit and Vegetable Research Institute has selected a new variety- Pink Cavendish banana with good quality and attractive appearance. The institute has transferred this variety to many provinces. The institute has also provided millions of high quality (disease-free) banana plants using in-vitro propagation methods. However, overall productivity and yield of bananas in Vietnam is still low and the average yield reached nealy 16.9 tons / ha. On the other hand, fresh banana mostly have been consumed in the domestic market and the proportion for export is small. 


To strengthen the banana industry in Vietnam, the Fruit and Vegetable Research Institute collaborated with the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery Processing and Salt Industry, and Hung Yen Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to organize a conference named "Sustainable Development for Banana in Vietnam ". Two experts from the Banana Asia-Pacific Network based in the Philippines and the Taiwan Banana Research Institute joined the conference. There were also scientists and officers from leading research institutes and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of the provinces where banana are an important and potential fruit tree including Lao Cai, Phu Tho, Vinh Phuc, Ha Noi, Hung Yen. There were also participants from banana producing and trading companies (Lan Hoang Ltd. Company in Lao Cai, 3T Ltd. company in Hung Yen) and VTV, VTC and Hung Yen television agencies. 


The conference discussed the current status of banana production and consumption. The dangerous diseases which potentially spread to banana crops at the regional scale and advances in breeding were also addressed. The conference recommended measures to contribute to the sustainable development of banana and to increase income for growers and stakeholders along the supply chain.