A farmer is harvesting longans in Hung Yen (Source: VNA)

Hung Yen (VNA)
- A conference to promote longan consumption was organised in Khoai Chau district, northern Hung Yen province on August 16 with the participation of over 200 representatives from cooperatives, local farmers and businesses from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

Business representatives hailed Hung Yen longan varieties, saying that longan growers should apply technologies in production to improve their fruit’s quality and value.

Hapro Hanoi Managing Director Mai Khue Anh suggested local authorities and relevant bodies provide technical support for local farmers to ensure their longan products are in line with standards on food safety in the growing, harvesting and packaging processes.

Director of Agri Viet Hung Trading Company Do Dinh Hung also underlined the significance of the brand name and quality of Hung Yen longans, saying that farmers need to grow their longan trees in line with the VietGap standard to secure their consumption niche.

According to Chairman of the Khoai Chau district People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Son, Ham Tu commune produces 120 tonnes of longans meeting VietGap standards for export.

The district has also called on local farmers to select high-yield varieties of longans and ensure their production meets the requirements of food safety.

For his part, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Dang Ngoc Quynh hailed the link among cooperatives, farmers and businesses in promoting the local longans.

He pledged the province will facilitate businesses dealing with agricultural products as well as support the connection among stakeholders in the field to boost exports.

Participants also witnessed the signing of a number of agreements between longan growers and businesses.

Khoai Chau is the biggest longan growing area in Hung Yen, with over 1,600 hectares of trees, mostly in Ham Tu, Dong Ket, Binh Kieu, An Vi and Ong Dinh communes.

This year, the district produced 20,000 tonnes of fresh longans, worth over 400 billion VND (16 million USD).-VNA