Officials in Vietnam’s northern province of Bac Giang are planning a series of promotional events as this year’s peak harvest season nears, to promote and boost the export of its specialty lychee amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The province will host a video teleconference on June 6 to link with representatives from the Government Office, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Ministry of Industry and Trade, trade offices and embassies in Vietnam of China, Japan, and Thailand, leading local and foreign retailers such as Aeon, the Central Group, Mega Market, Saigon Co.op, Hapro, and Vinmart, and a number of major wholesale markets and distributors.
After the conference, a ceremony will be held at February 3 Square in the provincial capital of Bac Giang city for a fleet of trucks carrying lychee to depart to other localities and overseas.
Luc Ngan and Tan Yen districts, home of the largest lychee areas in the province, are preparing a list of foreign wholesalers with demand for lychee and seeking permission from authorities to allow their entry into Vietnam to purchase the fruit. They will also formulate plans to quarantine the traders, in line with regulations.
According to Province of Bac Giang plans promotional events to boost Vietnamese lychee exports en.vietnamplus.vn, Bac Giang currently has more than 28,100 ha of lychee, with output likely to increase 10,000 tonnes to 160,000 tonnes this year. This includes 45,000 tonnes of early-ripened lychee harvested on an estimated area of 6,000 ha and 115,000 tonnes from the main crop, on an area of 22,100 ha.