The People's Committee of Hung Yen province has stated that the Vietnamese province has more than 4,500 ha of longan. This year, the province is enjoying a bumper crop with an estimated output of about 50,000 tonnes, an increase of 20% over the previous year.
Local farmers have finished harvesting about 18,000 tonnes of early maturing longan with sale prices from VND15,000 to 30,000 per kg and are beginning to pick the longan of main season. However, due to the influence of COVID-19, the consumption of longan is encountering difficulties.
Tran Thi Bac, chairwoman of the Ne Chau Longan Cooperative in Hong Nam commune, said that in previous years, most of the longan output was sold to traders to sell at supermarkets or exported but this year the amount of longan purchased reached only half that of the previous year, with the price having fallen by 20%.
Director of the Department of Industry and Trade of Hung Yen province, Nguyen Van Tho, said that the implementation of longan purchasing contracts has faced difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic while the volume of consumed longan is not as expected, particularly given the delay in the export of fresh longan.