Update: 18:49 | 17/04/2020
(BGO)- Permanent Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee of Bac Giang province on 16 April had a meeting with the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DoARD) and Department of Industry and Trade (DoIT) to check implementation progress of the Plan on fresh lychee production and consumption to export to Japan in 2020.
According to report of DoARD, the province has 28,126 hectares for growing lychee in 2020 with expected output of 160,000 tonnes including 6,000 hectares for early ripen lychee expected to yield 45,000 tonnes and 22,126 hectares for main crop lychee with estimated output of 115,000 tonnes. In which, 14,300 hectares of lychee are grown under VietGap standards and 80 hectares have been granted GlobalGap certificate while maintaining the lychee growing area meeting standards to export to the US and European Union (EU).
Permanent Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Lai Thanh Son chairs the meeting.
In preparation for exporting lychee to Japan, DoARD collaborated with the districts of Luc Ngan and Tan Yen and the Plan Protection Department, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to survey and grant production unit code (PUC) as required by the Japanese partner.
To date, Japan has approved 19 PUCs with 103 hectares and involvement of 107 households. DoARD also provided farmers with several training courses and guidance on caring and pesticide preventing techniques and recording production diary.
Besides, DoARD worked with the Plan Protection Department, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to invite enterprises to join in lychee consumption linkage to export to Japan. So far, 3 enterprises have surveyed to ink the contracts.
At the discussion session, the participants highly evaluated quality of lychee this year with fruiting rate of over 95 percent. However, they noted this year would be hard for lychee consumption due to complicated developments of Covid-19 outbreak.
According to DoIT’s Director Tran Quang Tan, the department has constructed scenarios for lychee consumption when the pandemic is controlled or in increasingly complicated developments. Domestic market and China must be still key markets. Early ripen lychee is scheduled for harvesting from 20 May to 5 June and main crop lychee will be harvested from 10 June.
If the pandemic is not controlled, lychee price and consumption will fall. Hence, it is essential to improve lychee processing and preservation measures such as drying and extracting juice. In addition, it is necessary to carry out online promotion and send advertising messages about lychee products.
DoIT’s leader reports on the plans to promote lychee consumption.
In his conclusion, the provincial permanent Vice Chairman Lai Thanh Son stressed this year will suffer major crisis over the economy and lychee consumption particularly.
The provincial permanent Vice Chairman ordered the related departments and localities to assess production situation and consumption market of this year while evaluating capacity of packaging and preservation of goods; thereby preparing for proper response scenarios.
Continue paying due attention to bringing lychee into supermarket system. Innovate promotion activities to suit the circumstances of this year. He requested to contact to Chinese partners earlier to have proper consumption plan.
The provincial permanent Vice Chairman urged the departments, authorities and localities to pay higher attention to helping farmers in lychee consumption.