In 2023, the total production area of Luc Ngan district is 17,000 ha, of which nearly 13,500 ha are applied with VietGAP and GlobalGAP standards. It is expected that the district’s output will reach about 98,000 tons.
The lychee harvest season in 2023 in Luc Ngan district (Bac Giang province) starts from the end of May to the end of July. Mr. Nguyen The Thi, Vice Chairman of Luc Ngan district, said that from the beginning of the season, there were many large domestic and foreign enterprises coming to learn, survey, and sign contracts to buy lychee.
Visitors are visiting a lychee garden.
EXPORTS ACCOUNT FOR HALF OF THE LYCHEE HARVEST
Since the beginning of the season, Luc Ngan district has harvested and consumed about 6,000 tons of early-ripening lychee, of which 59% of the output is consumed domestically and about 41% is exported to foreign markets (mainly to China).
“Now, more than 200 Chinese traders have been approved by the Ministry of Public Security’s Immigration Department to come to Luc Ngan district to buy lychee. In particular, some enterprises have signed orders to export lychee to the European market. ”
Mr. Nguyen The Thi, Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee of Luc Ngan District.
According to Mr. Thi, the total production area of Luc Ngan district in 2023 is 17,000 ha, of which nearly 13,500 ha are applied with VietGAP and GlobalGAP standards. It is expected that the output of the whole district will reach about 98,000 tons. 2023 is one of the years with a huge export output.
At the gardens. there is a very clear difference between GAP-certified and non-GAP-certified lychees. Big-size and standard lychee with GlobalGAP certificates are purchased by businesses at 35,000 VND/kg for export to Europe and Japan. VietGAP lychees are purchased by traders for export to China at a price of 20,000-25,000 VND/kg.
Meanwhile, Luc Ngan lychee gardens that are not applied with strict standards such as VietGAP or GlobalGAP, and small-size lychees are not favored. Only traders buy them at a price of over 10,000 VND/kg to mainly consume in the domestic market.
If the average price is about 20,000 VND/kg, excluding costs, the profit of lychee growers is about 200 million VND/ha.
Lychee with a growing area code remains a high price on the market.
Mr. Thi said there have been cases that some other localities using non-Luc Ngan growing area codes for export. “We have set up teams to regularly check, review, and warn farmers, and small businesses. At the same time, we propagate for people to understand and commit to keeping the brand and prestige of Luc Ngan Lychee. Because if they cannot keep the code and brand, the damage will be great”, Mr. Thi warned.
To increase the value of lychee and reduce the pressure of consumption in the peak harvest season, the locality also promotes the processing of lychees in addition to selling them. Besides popular products such as dried lychee, juice, lychee vinegar, or honey from lychee flowers, this year, some cooperatives in Luc Ngan district have processed many other products.
For example, this year, for the first time An Phu Trade and Tourism Cooperative, Tan Son commune introduced to the market two products including lychee bread and pastry. Accordingly, lychee bread is made from wheat flour mixed with lychee juice. Inside the bread, there is processed lychee combined with fresh coconut meat. The lychee pastry also undergoes fermentation and is mixed with lychee juice.
Similarly, this year, for the first time Dong Dao Tourism Cooperative, Quy Son commune introduced a lychee wine branded “Le Chi”. In addition, the cooperative also cooperates with an enterprise in Hai Phong to successfully process lychee-scented candles (wax) with a typical fragrance and culture./.