Japanese experts to arrive in Viet Nam to examine lychee exports

Monday, Jun 01, 2020 23:24

A farmer in the northern province of Bac Giang's Luc Ngan District harvests lychee. — VNA/VNS Photo Vu Sinh

Japanese experts are set to arrive in Viet Nam on June 3 to examine and supervise phytosanitary measures for the lychees destined for the Northeast Asian market, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).

The ministry said under regulations on COVID-19 prevention and control, foreigners arriving in Viet Nam must be kept in quarantine for 14 days. However, since the lychee harvest time lasts for only one month, in June, it proposed Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, head of the national steering committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control, allow Japanese experts to be exempted from the mandatory quarantine so that the Vietnamese fruit can be exported in line with Japan’s requirements.

MARD noted it will co-ordinate with authorities of Bac Giang and Hai Duong, two lychee farming hubs in Viet Nam, to ensure preventive measures for the disease during the experts’ stay in the northern provinces.

The Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) requested that their experts must come to Viet Nam to examine and supervise phytosanitary measures and treatment for each batch of lychees, and only those recognised to be eligible by them can be shipped to Japan.

This year will mark the first time fresh lychees of Viet Nam enter the demanding market of Japan.

Over the last four years, MARD has worked with the MAFF to conduct testing and negotiations to pave the way for the export. On December 15th, 2019, MAFF agreed to import lychee from Viet Nam.

La Van Nam, chairman of the People’s Committee of Luc Ngan District in Bac Giang Province, said their lychees would be shipped to Japan during this crop.

Nam said since December, the district has co-operated with MARD’s Plant Protection Department to actively prepare raw material areas for lychee exports.

The department has granted 18 codes for lychee planting areas in the district which are eligible for export to Japan. The COVID-19 pandemic halted the export of the first lychee batch to Japan.

Earlier, Japanese experts went to Luc Ngan to check and were satisfied with the lychee growing areas granted export standard codes. However, Japanese experts still have to directly supervise the process of harvesting, preserving and packaging of lychees exported to this market.

The district will have to test a line of packaging and preserving lychees and Japanese experts will supervise and re-evaluate for the last time before the first shipment is exported.

The batch of lychees exported must be packed and treated with methyl bromide fumigation at facilities approved by the Plant Protection Department and MAFF with a minimum dosage of 32g per cu.m within two hours, under the supervision of Vietnamese and Japanese plant quarantine officers. — VNS

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