Update: 10:19 | 19/05/2021
The northern province of Hai Duong on May 18 hosted a teleconference with the relevant ministries and agencies to seek ways to promote the consumption of the Thanh Ha lychee and Hai Duong’s other typical agricultural products.
The event was connected online to 36 main venues both in Vietnam and in 12 other nations, with nearly 300 foreign importers trading online with the Vietnamese enterprises involved.
E-commerce platforms sign cooperation agreements with enterprises producing, purchasing and processing agricultural products.
Speaking at the conference, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Minh Hoan highly lauded Hai Duong for overcoming its difficulties during the previous Covid-19 outbreak to promote its diverse and rich agriculture, with the Thanh Ha lychee grown in Thanh Ha district in particular and Hai Duong agricultural products in general having made strong steps in both domestic and international markets.
The minister suggested Hai Duong boost agricultural development towards intensive growth, with multi-value solutions integrated into building agricultural brands, forming product value chains for its agricultural products.
The province should also pay attention to processing to avoid seasonal risks and diversify its products to suit consumer tastes, while taking advantages of its fruit trees, developing plans for agro-tourism to enhance value for the local agricultural sector.
Foreign partners affirmed that amid the Covid-19 epidemic negatively affecting trading activities, parties have actively cooperated and removed difficulties to create favourable conditions for the import and export of agricultural products, thus helping trade growth rates continue to increase.
First batch of lychee to Japan
Earlier on the same day, in Thanh Lanh village, Thanh Quang commune (Thanh Ha district), Hai Duong authorities held a ceremony to launch the harvest of Thanh Ha lychees for export to Japan, the US, Australia, Europe, and Singapore.
Delegates cut the ribbon to send this year’s first batch of Hai Duong’s lychee to Japan.
After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, the delegates visited a local litchi garden meeting VietGAP and GlobalGAP standards and experienced lychee harvesting activities. Secretary Thang introduced the leaders of ministries and branches to the Thanh Ha early-ripening lychees that bring a high economic value to local farmers. Their quality meets export standards and they are consumed in high-end markets.
After visiting the lychee garden in Thanh Lanh village, the delegates cut the ribbon sending the first batch of lychee in Lai Xa village, Thanh Thuy commune to foreign markets. Traders have prepared enough means of transport to export the first 100 tonnes of lychee to Japan, followed by exports to the US, Australia and the EU.
Hai Duong province currently has more than 9,000 ha of lychee, of which over 3,300 ha is in Thanh Ha district and more than 3,500 ha in Chi Linh district, with total output of about 55,000 tonnes.
The province currently has 45 litchi farming areas with 450 ha meeting GlobalGAP standards and 6,300 ha planted according to VietGAP standards.
So far, 1,000 ha have been certified with VietGAP and GlobalGAP, while 8,000 ha have been granted export planting area codes.