HANOI, Feb. 3 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam expects to achieve 3 billion U.S. dollars in export value of vegetables and fruits in 2017, according to Vietnam Vegetable and Fruit Association on Friday.

In recent years, Vietnam's vegetables and fruits have entered new markets such as the United States, Japan, South Korea and Chile, Huynh Quang Dau, deputy chairman of the association was quoted by local Vietnam News online newspaper as saying.

In addition, farms and enterprises have produced vegetable and fruit products meeting the quality and food safety standards in strict markets, said Dau, adding that would lay the foundation for promoting exports of the sector this year and in the coming years.

Last year, Vietnam's total export value of vegetables and fruits was 2.4 billion U.S. dollars, some 200 million U.S. dollars higher than the yearly target.