Lychee week kicks off in Ha Noi

Lychees harvested in Phúc Hòa Commune, northern Bắc Giang Province. The Big C Thăng Long Supermarket will kick off the 2017 Lục Ngạn–Bắc Giang Lychee Week in Hà Nội today. – VNA/VNS Photo Đồng Thúy

The 2017 Bac Giang Lychee Week in Ha Noi kicked off at the Big C Thang Long Supermarket today, June 16, with “thiều” lychee being the special draw for customers.

The event, lasting through June 23, is jointly organised by northern povince of Bac Giang’s Industry and Trade Department, Luc Ngan District’s People’s Committee, Ha Noi’s Industry and Trade Department and Big C Supermarket.

“The event, held in Ha Noi for the second time, aims to promote the image of thiều lychee, a speciality of District, as well as introduce the province’s farm produce to customers from Ha Noi and all other regions of the country,” said Tran Quang Thang Long, Director of the Bac Giang’s Industry and Trade Department, at the opening ceremony of the event.

The lychees are displayed at 10 booths with packing labels showing their origin information. Prices start from VND29,000 (US$1.2) up to VND68,000 per kilogramme.

Bac Giang lychees are cultivated in a concentrated lychee-growing area. VietGAP and GlobalGAP cultivation standards are applied, ensuring clean produce that meets food safety and hygiene requirements, Thang Long said, adding that “thiều lychee” are qualified for export to foreign markets such as the EU, the United States and Australia.

Trần Thị Phương Lan, Deputy Director of the Ha Noi’s Industry and Trade Department, said the event created opportunities for lychee businesses to meet and seek partners to sign trade contracts and boost lychee consumption, not only domestically but also internationally.

A lychee consumption signing ceremony among District’s People’s Committee and supermarkets and wholesale markets in Ha Noi also took place at the event.

Le Thi Mai Linh, Executive Vice President of Public Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility Department at Central Group Viet Nam, the owner of Big C Viet Nam, said Big C was willing to support Vietnamese farm produce consumption in general and lychee consumption in particular.

“With the commitment to contribute to the prosperity of Viet Nam and improve quality products in the past few years, Big C Viet Nam and Central Group Viet Nam have been carrying out many activities in partnership with Vietnamese businesses and farmers to promote the image of a wide range of agricultural products and specialities from many parts of the country, and this programme with thiều lychee today is a typical example,” Linh said.

“At Big C supermarkets in Ha Noi, it is estimated that about 150 tonnes of fresh lychees, of which 70 tonnes of thiều lychee granted VietGAP and GlobalGAP certificates, are consumed on this occasion,” Linh said.

From this year’s crop, Bac Giang’s total lychee production was estimated to reach 100,000 tonnes, including 40,000 tonnes meeting VietGap standards.

District, the largest thiều lychee growing area in Bac Giang, has 158ha of land dedicated to producing some 1,600 tonnes of lychees according to the GlobalGap standard. — VNS



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