The total harvested output of lychees in the largest lychee growing provinces of Bac Giang and Hai Duong is likely to hit 200,000 tonnes in the 2015 crop, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).

Of the total amount, 60 percent or 120,000 tonnes will be consumed domestically while the remaining 80,000 tonnes will be left for exports.
The market for fresh lychees mainly covers the northern and central regions, such as Hanoi, Hue and Da Nang. Meanwhile, the southern region is expected to make up 43 percent of the total lychee output for local consumption.

For export markets, besides the traditional Chinese market, Vietnamese lychee will penetrate into Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore, European countries, the US, Japan and the Republic of Korea.

The Plant Protection Department under the ministry has said that Vietnamese fresh lychees have received a “welcome signal” from the Australian market. Accordingly, lychee growers and processing enterprises need to follow specific technical requirements such as quarantine and packaging standards.-VNA