08:32 | 07/06/2015 Trade
(VEN)- Litchi farmers in Hong Giang Commune, Luc Ngan District, Bac Giang Province are preparing to make their first litchi shipments to the US.
Photo: Can Dung
Litchi farmers are joyous with litchi quotas
Following the US’ decision to allow litchi imports from Vietnam, Bac Giang’s agricultural sector has rapidly deployed measures to prepare the first shipments. “The US has agreed to assign six export codes for 109 litchi farmer households in three litchi growing villages including Kep 1, Ngot and Phuong Son in Hong Giang Commune, Luc Ngan District, Bac Giang Province, that are growing litchi on an area of more than 100 ha,” said Tran Quang Tan, the Chairman of Luc Ngan District People’s Committee.
Visiting Kep 1 Village these days, visitors will see litchi farmers busy nursing litchi plants to guarantee that their products will be exported to the US.
“Instead of previous spontaneous litchi farming, we are now following clean litchi farming methods, and take careful note of daily nursing activities as instructed,” said Tran Van Luu, a litchi farmer in Kep 1 Village, who owns more than 250 litchi plants which meet the Global Good Agricultural Practices (GlobalGAP) standards.
According to Giap Van Thanh, Head of the Kep 1 Village Litchi Production for Export, litchi farmers had to sign commitments not to use the US-prohibited pesticides.
“We have established a litchi export promotion steering committee and hold weekly meetings to discuss and resolve difficulties arising from litchi export to the US,” said Bui Van Hanh, the Deputy Chairman of Bac Giang Province People’s Committee.
Litchi export market to be expanded
According to Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh, Vietnam is exporting litchi to China, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore and several European countries.
Some markets including Singapore, Australia and several European countries are interested in Vietnamese litchi. So, litchi will become one of the major export items that the Ministry of Industry and Trade will focus on in terms of negotiation and promotion for export. The Agency of Foreign Trade under the Ministry of Industry and Trade will strive to connect trade representative offices in traditional and potential litchi export markets with each other to boost sales, distribution and promotion of the product abroad, said Deputy Director General of the Agency of Foreign Trade Duong Phuong Thao.
Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh said, “The Ministry of Industry and Trade is promoting free trade agreement and customs union negotiations in order to boost agricultural exports at the zero tax rate to key markets, especially the EU.
The Vietnam Trade Representative Office in Singapore will host a Vietnamese Fruit Week in Singapore this June, with a focus on the introduction of fresh and processed litchi products.
With these joint efforts, Bac Giang anticipates a bumper crop of litchi while fetching high revenue from litchi exports and its experience will provide a example for other provinces and cities to follow.
By Lan Anh