Luc Ngan-grown "thieu" lychee available in Bangkok's supermarkets (Photo: Central Group)

Hanoi (VNA) – The first batch of one tonne of Luc Ngan “thieu” lychees was exported to Thailand by the Central Group (Thailand) and Hanoi-based Phong Son Tiem Limited Company, according to the Department of Industry and Trade of Bac Giang province.

The fruit is now available at Tops and Central Food Hall supermarkets of the Central Food Retail Company Limited in the capital city of Bangkok.

Based on the initial assessment, “thieu” lychee is a popular fruit and can be sold at high prices in Thailand.

To take full advantage of the removal of tariff barriers since the ASEAN Economic Community was established, businesses have boosted exports of fresh lychees to the Thai market, aiming to ship about 100 tonnes of the fruit in 2017 alone.

According to the provincial Department of Industry and trade, this year’s lychee production is estimated to hit 100,000 tonnes, equivalent to 70 percent of the previous year’s output. Of them, there are 26,000 tonnes of early-ripening lychees and 74,000 main-crop lychees. 

[Bac Giang exports lychees to China​]

About 40,000 tonnes of fresh lychees are expected to be shipped to China, representing 80 percent of this year’s lychee exports, said the department.

Apart from China, the province has also expanded consumption markets to the US, the EU, Japan and the Republic of Korea.-VNA