The Thanh Ha Lychee Festival 2019 opened in Hai Duong province on May 26 to promote the local fruit.
Cutting the ribbon to open the festival. Photos: Thanh Chung/HaiDuongnews
Boasting 30 booths displaying lychee, other local fruits and tourism products, the festival is hoped to develop an agricultural production chain by connecting suppliers and businesses.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Standing Vice Chairman of the Provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Anh Cuong said the province has some 11,000 hectares under lychee trees, mostly in Thanh Ha district and Chi Linh city.
Thanks to the province’s efforts to improve lychee production and enhance trade promotion, local lychee has sold well in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and picky foreign markets.
Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee Nguyen Manh Hien and other delegates visit a boot at the festival
Cuong said Hai Duong province always welcomes businesses who want to get involved in the lychee trade.
Thanh Ha lychee received geographical indication from the Ministry of Science and Technology’s National Office of Intellectual Property in 2007. Five years later, Thanh Ha district began VietGAP and GlobalGAP cultivation for its lychee areas, and now most of its lychee is grown to those two standards.
Besides, the district is maintaining nine plantation models on 92.68 hectares, aiming to produce lychee for the US, Australian and EU markets.
Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee Nguyen Manh Hien and other delegates visit a VietGap lychee garden in Thanh Binh commune
Thanh Ha lychee crop is estimated to yield some 18,000 tonnes this year. Some 500 kilogrammes have been exported to the UK so far. Next week, local lychee will be shipped to Russia, Germany, France, the Republic of Korea and Indonesia.
Last year, the district gained 600 billion VND (25.8 million USD) from selling more than 40,000 tonnes of lychee overseas.
The district plans to organise a Thanh Ha lychee month in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, and work with the Hanoi Association of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises to label origin-tracing stamps on the fruits.