Hai Duong province is expected to harvest about 35,000-40,000 tonnes of lychee in 2019.
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The locality is stepping up efforts in preparations for the export of lychee to China, which has demanded origin traceability of Vietnamese fresh fruits, including lychee.
According to Luong Thi Kiem, Head of the Provincial Plant Protection Sub-department, as of April 2019, Hai Duong had 40 areas grown with lychee, longan, banana and watermelon, and two packaging facilities receiving codes accepted by China.
Other 115 packaging facilities and ten fruit-growing areas in the province are awaiting code grants and approval from China.
The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has issued detailed guidelines on the export of fresh fruits to China, which have been sent to the city and district People’s Committees and businesses in the locality.
It has asked relevant localities to instruct farmers to follow VietGAP standards as well as harvesting, package, transporting and labeling requirements.
According the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, in 2018, Hai Duong had about 10,500 ha of lychee, mostly in Thanh Ha district and Chi Linh city, which yielded about 60,000 tonnes.
Hai Duong lychee received the geographical indication from the Ministry of Science and Technology’s National Office of Intellectual Property in 2007. The local fruit was listed in the top 10 quality products in 2013 and 2014 and received the Gold Brand prize in 2015.