Havesting lychee in Bac Giang (Photo: VNA)
Bac Giang (VNA) – The northern province of Bac Giang has so far exported over 32,215 tonnes of “thieu” lychee, a provincial specialty, to China, the US, Australia and Malaysia, accounting for nearly 25 percent of the province’s total production in the 2016 crop.

According to the provincial Department of Industry and Trade, 32,200 tonnes were shipped to China through Lang Son, Lao Cai and Ha Giang border gates. Meanwhile, 13 tonnes were sent to the US, Australia and Malaysia.

This year, lychee exporters are expanding their markets to Poland and the Middle East, the department added.

As part of efforts to back exporters, the department has coordinated with authorised agencies in the border provinces of Lao Cai and Lang Son to update them on the market situation and new policies of China, while promoting lychees in mass media in China, the US, France, Australia and Malaysia.

In this year’s crop, Bac Giang’s total lychee production is estimated to reach 130,000 tonnes, including 59,450 tonnes produced to VietGap standards. So far, 54,200 tonnes, or 39 percent of the lychees, have been harvested.

Luc Ngan district, the largest “thieu” lychee producer in Bac Giang, has 158 hectares of lychee farms producing about 1,000 tonnes to the GlobalGap standard.

Along with exports, Bac Giang has also sold a great volume of lychee to the domestic market, especially southern localities, with 8,000 tonnes.-VNA