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In export-dependent Vietnam, Covid-19 is eating into the food and agriculture sector

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Twice a week, Vietnamese farmer Nguyen Quang Tuyen would ship 2,000kg of cantaloupe from his farm to the southern economic hub of Ho Chi Minh City during harvest season.

But a lockdown since early June to stem surging Covid-19 cases has seen transport costs almost triple for each box of vegetables, along with an increase in administrative requirements, such as the government regulation that he and the truck driver each need to test negative before the journey.

The 40-year-old owner of HT…

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