08:35 | 13/08/2018 Trade
The Hung Yen Longan Festival 2018 opened in the northern province of Hung Yen on August 11, with the aim of introducing longan and the typical farm produce of the northern province and boosting the consumption of the fruit.
|Visitors buy longan at the festival|
This is the second year that Hung Yen has organized a festival of this kind which attracted the participation of a number of local collectives and households, showcasing longan and other farm produce at 50 pavilions.
Hung Yen province is a large longan farming hub in northern Vietnam with over 3,800ha of longan at harvest time, mainly in Khoai Chau district and Hung Yen city.
It is expected that the province will reap over 41,000 tonnes of longan this year.
The festival also attracted a large number of domestic and foreign firms who visited pavilions to seek business opportunities. More than 100 orders have been signed at the event to sell nearly 3,000 tonnes of longanto domestic supermarkets and foreign markets including the US, China, Japan and the Republic of Korea.
Director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Nguyen Van Doanh, said that the districts of Khoai Chau, Kim Dong, and Tien Lu and Hung Yen city have established large farming areas that meet the VietGap standards, thereby ensuring food safety, clear origins, and higher valued added to the fruit.
According to local growers, this year has enjoyed a bumper harvest of longan with the total output estimated to increase by 30 pct over the previous year.
The festival will run until August 13.