Bac Giang litchis eye new markets

16:24 | 29/06/2017 Trade

(VEN) - Apart from Australiaand some traditional markets, Bac Giang Province’s high quality litchis are targeting three new markets -  the Middle East, Thailand and Canada.

Thanks to their higher quality, Bac Giang Province’s litchis are being sold for higher prices than in 2016

Quality improvement

According to the Bac Giang People’s Committee, the province will likely reach a total litchi output of an estimated 100,000 tonnes this year, of which 40,000 tonnes are expected to meet the Vietnamese Good Agricultural Practices (VietGap) standards and 1,600 tonnes to meet Global Good Agricultural Practices (GlobalGap) standards. Notably, the US granted the IRADS code to 394 litchi growing households growing litchi on 218 hectares in Bac Giang’s Hong Giang, Giap Son, Tan Moc, Bien Son, Tan Quang, Tan Son and Kien Lao communes.

According to Tran Quang Tan, director of the Bac Giang Province’s Department of Industry and Trade, a recent survey shows that this year’s products are better than last year’s in terms of sugar, vitamin concentration and appearance. In addition, provincial districts have applied advanced preservation technology to prolong the storage time of fresh litchis.

Thanks to their higher quality, Bac Giang litchis are being sold for VND35,000-40,000 per kilo, VND10,000-15,000 higher than the same time in 2016. They were even sold for VND60,000 per kilo early this crop.

The litchi harvest season in the province is expected to last from June 15 to July.

Approaching new markets

China has become an important traditional market for Bac Giang’s quality litchis. The vast majority of provincial fresh litchis are exported to this market. The province is continuing to increase its litchi quality to increase exports to the US, the EU, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Australia, and Malaysia, and penetrate new markets in the Middle East, Thailand and Canada.
Bac Giang Province People’s Committee leaders said many businesses have registered to buy provincial litchis for export to the US, Australia and the EU, while other companies are seeking to export litchis to the Middle East, Thailand, and Canada.

The Bac Giang Province People’s Committee recently held a seminar promoting its high quality litchi sales in 2017.

epresentatives of litchi exporters proposed at the seminar that a company, which supplies fresh litchis meeting standards of any import markets, be founded. They recommended that Bac Giang make all of its litchi growing areas conform to VietGap and GlobalGap standards, and have practical solutions to assist farmers in post-harvest litchi preservation and preliminary processing.

Bac Giang Province expected to sell about 50,000 tonnes of litchis at home and export a similar amount in 2017.

Thanh Tam & Lan Anh