(MARD - 04/07/2014) For less dependent on the Chinese market, farmers in Hong Giang commune are trying to export lychee to Japan.
Luc Ngan lychee (Bac Giang) is a famous specialty, however it has been for domestic market and China, the only significant export market. This year, despite favorable weather, it still appears the fears of lychee devaluation. To avoid this situation and open up new opportunities for litchi, Hong Giang commune (Luc Ngan district) in collaboration with the Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Science and Technology are piloting production of about 10 tons of litchi in accordance with hygiene and safety procedures for offering to Japan.
In addition to the Japanese market, litchi growers also expect the local specialty to be exported to other countries like South Korea, Australia or Western Europe.
Many other Vietnam’s agricultural products are finding their way into many different countries to avoid an overdependence on China, the largest market of Vietnam’s vegetable exports making up 32% of market share. In late May, Vietnam became the first and only country to have been granted license to export dragon fruits to New Zealand. Currently the fruit has been sold in over 30 countries around the world.