Due to the adverse weather, the production of Bac Giang lychee decreased sharply. To compensate for the decrease in production, farmers and authorities at all levels in Bac Giang province are focusing on taking care of and promoting consumption to improve the value of lychee.

In 2024, Luc Ngan district maintained the cultivation of more than 17,000 ha of lychee. Because of unfavorable weather this year, the output is expected to reach only about 50,000 tons, of which the main crop decreased by nearly 70% compared to last year.

Lychee crop 2024 in Bac Giang: Improving the value to compensate for reduced output.

Mr. To Ngoc Thanh’s family, in Tan Thanh village, has 200 lychee trees for an expected income of about 8 tons. Mr. Thanh said that his family’s lychee production has decreased; however, he is more lucky than many households in the region. With the current situation, lychee prices are forecast to increase more than last year. To compensate for the decrease in output, Mr. Thanh is carefully taking care of the trees to ensure quality and improve prices.

According to the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of Bac Giang, the total area of lychee in the province in 2024 is 29,700 ha, with an estimated output of over 100,000 tons (about 50% compared to 2023).

Localities are now guiding farmers to take care of lychees and harvest them with the highest quality. From the beginning of the crop, a team was established to review all growing areas and packaging facilities for export. The Provincial Department of Cultivation and Plant Protection issued a technical document guiding the care and prevention of pests.

Mr. Le Ba Thanh, Deputy Director of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of Bac Giang, said that from now until the end of the crop, specialized units in collaboration with districts will continue to guide farmers to focus on caring for and preventing pests to ensure the productivity and quality of lychees. 50 samples were taken for analysis of residues to ensure export standards to markets of high economic value, such as the US, Australia, or Japan.

Lychee harvest in Hong Giang commune, Luc Ngan district.

Lychee in Bac Giang is available for harvest from May 20 to July 30. These days, people have been harvesting mainly for export, with prices ranging from 30,000 to 38,000 VND/kg, 15-20% higher than previous years.

Mr. Ngo Van Tiep, Chairman of Phuc Hoa Commune People’s Committee, said that traders and enterprises have consumed about 1,000 tons of early lychee, of which about 70% was exported to other markets such as China (650 tons), Australia (7 tons), and others.

With an output of 100,000 tons, Bac Giang expects a total export of about 70,000 tons this year, accounting for 70% of the province’s total output. In particular, the province continues to maintain the export of fresh and deep-processed lychee products. China remains the traditional market with large consumption and close cooperation for many years.

To ensure the quality of lychee for export, Bac Giang province is strictly managing 223 growing area codes, covering an area of over 17,000 ha with an estimated output of 34,000 tons. The Chinese market has 130 growing area codes with an area of over 16.2 thousand ha and an output of 30,000 tons. The export volume of lychee to high-demand markets such as the US, Japan, Australia, the EU, or Korea is estimated at 4,000 tons (the US has 18 growing area codes, Japan has 38 growing area codes, Australia has 18 growing area codes, etc.). /.