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'GI recognition needed to stop imitation garlic'

Vietnam's ‘Kingdom of Garlic’ faces falling prices

According to Vice Chairwoman of the Ly Son District people’s committee Pham Thi Huong, the market connection between the island and mainland remains poor. She said that 1 kg of garlic on the island was now being sold for just VND25,000 (US$1.10) to VND30,000 ($1.30), while more than 100 tons of garlic were in stock.

Typically, Ly Son garlic is priced at VND60,000 ($2.60) for a fresh kilo or VND150,000 ($6.60) for a dried kilo, but this year prices are much lower. She said the price was the lowest seen in the past few decades – only half of the cost of production.

“Fake brands disguised as Ly Son garlic at stores on the mainland have impacted the price of the original product,” Huong said. “The district has been completing the procedure for GI recognition to stop imitation garlic and associated price decreases. Some companies and dealers have voluntarily agreed to buy garlic at VND40,000 ($1.80) per kilo to support local farmers.” quoted Nguyen Van Dinh, vice chairman of the co-operative, as saying that the Ly Son garlic brand must be protected by adding QR codes on the packaging and GI recognition to help buyers recognise the original brand.

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