Vietnamese lychees have officially gone up for sale in Singapore’s FairPrice supermarket chain, making this the first year when the specialty fruit has been imported from the Southeast Asian country on a large scale.
Nearly 50 tonnes of lychees have been shipped to Singapore via Hai Phong Port so far, and the export volume is expected to reach 100 tonnes this year. Due to its good quality and appearance, the fruit has quickly won over local consumers, leaving shelves in many supermarkets empty after only two weeks.
It was sold at 5 SGD (3.59 USD) per kg in the first week under a promotion programme, and 6 SGD in the next week.
Tran Thu Quynh, Vietnamese Trade Counsellor in Singapore, said since early 2018, the office has worked with major Singaporean importers to introduce the fruit, and held working sessions with Singaporean experts in lychee preservation.
In 2020, Bac Giang has 28,000 hectares of lychee, including over 160,000 hectares for harvesting, up 10,000 tonnes compared to the previous year. The area of lychee produced according to VietGAP standard is estimated at 15,000 hectares with an output of 110,000 tonnes, accounting for 53 percent and 69 percent of the total, respectively.
As many as 80 hectares of lychee are planted under GlobalGAP practices with an estimated output of 500 tonnes to serve high-end markets.