Bac Giang to export half of lychee output

Monday, May 29, 2017 14:23

Northern Bac Giang Province plans to export some 50,000 tonnes of “thieu” lychee, or 50 percent of its total output, in 2017. – VNA Photo

Northern Bac Giang Province, a lychee farming hub of Viet Nam, plans to export some 50,000 tonnes of “thieu” lychee, or 50 percent of its total output, in 2017.

This was stated by local officials at a meeting on Saturday.

The event, aimed to promote lychee sales, was attended by Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Quoc Doanh, representatives of the northern border provinces of Lang Son and Lao Cai, officials of Chinese localities importing lychees, and domestic and foreign lychee traders.

Vice chairman of Bac Giang People’s Committee Duong Van Thai said this year, the province continues to focus on lychee export to traditional markets, especially China. It will increase export volume to the United States, the European Union, Japan, the Republic of Korea and Australia while expanding shipments to the Middle East, Thailand and Canada.

In the domestic market, the fruit will be sold mainly in Ha Noi, Ho Chi Minh City and nearby provinces.

However, he noted, abnormal weather conditions such as prolonged heat waves and late cold spells had affected the growth of lychee trees, making the rate of fruits fall by about 40 percent from 2016 to some 100,000 tonnes.

The output of lychees under VietGAP and GlobalGAP standards in the province is currently some 40,000 tonnes and 1,600 tonnes, respectively. Notably, 218ha of lychee trees have been granted codes by the United States, Thai added.

At the meeting, officials of Lang Son and Lao Cai provinces, which border China, pledged the best possible conditions for Bac Giang’s lychee export to China. They promised customs clearance time would be within 20 minutes.

Fang Dong, deputy head of Hekou County in China’s Yunnan Province, spoke highly of the quality and appearance of Bac Giang’s lychees, which have become popular among Chinese consumers.

Bac Giang officials also vowed to provide favourable conditions and ensure security for traders to purchase and process local lychees. – VNS

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