With more than 28,000 ha of lychee, the northern Vietnamese province of Bac Giang is expected to harvest over 160,000 tonnes of lychee this season, an increase of 10,000 tonnes compared to the 2019 season. Amid the complicated COVID-19 pandemic, Bac Giang has built several options to take the initiative in producing and consuming the fruit with a focus on boosting the domestic consumption.
According to a report of Bac Giang Provincial People's Committee, the province is estimated to pick 160,000 tonnes of lychee during this year’s season, including 45,000 tonnes of early maturing lychee and over 115,000 tonnes of the main fruit crop.
The province has 15,000 ha of lychee farming meeting VietGAP standards, accounting for 53% of the total lychee farming area which is estimated to produce 110,000 tonnes of lychee, occupying nearly 69% of the total output.
In addition, the province has 80 ha of lychee meeting GlobalGAP standards with an estimated volume of 500 tonnes to serve high-end markets. Specifically, 19 cultivation area codes were granted to 103ha of lychee in the communes of Hong Giang, Nam Duong, Tan Son, Quy Son, Giap Son, and Ho Dap in Luc Ngan district and Phuc Hoa commune in Tan Yen district to export the fruit to Japan.
Chairman of Bac Giang Provincial People’s Committee Duong Van Thai said the province’s preparations for the export of lychee to Japan have been completed. The province will focus on expanding consumption markets, particularly established markets in addition to creating the most favourable conditions for enterprises to come to the locality to buy lychee.