The department said they shipped about 9,340 tons of litchi to China, 120 tons to the Republic of Korea, and 40 tons to Australia, the UK and France.

Besides, the province sold 18,500 tons of litchi the domestic market, including major cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Hai Phong city, wholesale markets, trade centers and supermarkets.

The Northern province of Hai Duong has exported about 9,500 tons of litchi from the beginning of this year’s crop.

According the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, in 2018, Hai Duong has about 10,500 ha of litchi, mostly in Thanh Ha district and Chi Linh town, which are expected to yield about 60,000 tons. Of the total amount, some 1,000 tons is qualified for export to the US, Australia and the EU, he said.

Currently, 131.68 hectares of local litchi cultivation are qualified for exports to the US, EU and Australia. The province is also home to 334 hectares of litchi grown in accordance with VietGAP standards. The harvest time is from May 15 to the end of June.

Hai Duong litchi received the geographical indication from the Ministry of Science and Technology’s National Office of Intellectual Property in 2007. The local fruit was listed in the top 10 quality products in 2013 and 2014 and received the Gold Brand prize in 2015.

The Vietnam Association of Food Science and Technology granted a “trustful and safe food brand” certificate to Thanh Ha litchi in 2016. The same year, the ancient litchi tree in Thuy Lam village was recognized as the oldest of its kind in Vietnam.

Besides the domestic market, Thanh Ha litchi has increased its presence outside the country. The fruit has been exported to Australia, Canada, China, France, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Sweden, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.

Source: VNA