Update: 12:24 | 08/06/2023
The northern province of Bac Giang will export lychee, one of its specialties, via the Kep railway station for the first time this year, heard a conference on lychee consumption promotion on June 7.
The railway station has launched its international freight transportation services since February 2023. Its handling capacity is from 80 to 100 carriages or containers per day.
At the lychee promotion conference.
According to Tran The Hung, Director of Railway Transport and Trade JSC that operates the railway station, preparations for the transportation of the fruit to neighbouring China have been completed.
The railway station is capable of carrying up to 300 tonnes of lychee from Bac Giang’s Lang Giang district to Pingxiang of China each day, he said, noting that the rail transportation will help save time and ease congestions at border gates.
The conference was held by the People’s Committee of Luc Ngan district - home to largest area of lychee in Bac Giang and the country at large with over 17,000 hectares this year which are expected to yield some 98,000 tonnes.
The provincial leader and representatives at the lychee display area.
Chairman of the district People’s Committee La Van Nam said with its outstanding quality, Luc Ngan’s lychee has been shipped to nearly 40 countries and regions worldwide.
Luc Ngan will create the best possible conditions for farmers, businesses and traders both at home and abroad to harvest, process and export the fruit this year and the years to come, he pledged.
Participants at the conference shared experience in lychee transportation and export, and proposed some solutions on customs procedures.
Paul Le, Vice President of Central Retail Vietnam, said the group committed to purchasing about 300 tonnes of Bac Giang’s lychee this year, adding that Central Retail has provided guidelines for enterprises, cooperatives and suppliers in the locality in terms of conditions and procedures to put the fruit on shelves of supermarket chains like GO!, Big C and Tops Market.
It has also stepped up cooperation with e-commerce platforms and applications to promote lychee consumption, he added.
Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Phan The Tuan suggested ministries and agencies continue with negotiations to help facilitate the export of the province’s key agricultural products via the official channel.
On this occasion, representatives of businesses and cooperatives signed agreements on cooperation in lychee consumption in 2023 and the coming years, and cut the ribbon for the export of lychee to foreign markets.
Since obtaining a certificate of geographical indication (GI) from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan (MAFF) in March 2021, the lychee grown in Luc Ngan district has seen its competitiveness and export volume significantly rising.
The fruit is the first Vietnamese farm produce to be granted such certificate from Japan, with related negotiations lasting for nearly three years. In addition to the demanding market, the fruit has already earned geographical protection in six others, namely China, Laos, Cambodia, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, and Australia.
The first batch of fresh lychee is exported to China via railway.
Bac Giang is set to push ahead with building brands, trademarks, and expanding the market for local agricultural products, said the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
In particular, trade promotion and e-commerce use will be supported to advertise products in domestic and foreign markets.
Bac Giang currently has 52 provincial products, comprising eight key products (lychee, chicken, pork, citrus fruits, quality rice, vegetables, peanuts, and fish), 14 typical products, and 30 potential products. Some have been entitled to protection abroad, including “My Chu” (Chu noodles), “My Ke” (Ke noodles), “Vai thieu Luc Ngan” (Luc Ngan lychee) with geographical certification protected in Japan, the Republic of Korea, and Thailand; “Ga doi Yen The” (Yen The hill chicken) protected in Singapore, China, and Laos; and “Vai thieu Luc Ngan” protected in the US, Australia, and Singapore.