With thoughtful and careful preparation right from the beginning of crops, Hai Duong farmers are expecting a smooth export way for strong fruit trees of the province.
An early lychee area cultivated following GlobalGAP standard for export in Thanh Ha district. Photo: Thanh Chung
This year, Chi Linh city has 51.2 ha of longan cultivated under international standards for export to fastidious markets.
Last year, 2 ha of longan of Nguyen Dinh Xuyen’s family in Da Bac hamlet, Chi Linh city’s Hoang Hoa Tham commune, were bought by a company for export to Singapore and EU countries at a price 10 – 20% higher than the market. As for this season, some units even came for survey and offered purchase before fruiting.
Knowing that his family’s lychee garden would be chosen to organize a garden opening event to begin a new fruit season, Vu Van Nhuan in Vinh Lap commune, Thanh Ha district, was very excited.
After years of attachment to lychee trees, Nhuan was too used to driving every truck to offer lychee to traders setting weighing points along road 390. Therefore, when businesses came to his garden to suggest purchase and left deposits for fear of losing a source of goods, he believed in the future of this specialty plant.
“We are familiarizing ourselves with taking care of lychee following GlobalGAP standard instead of urging VietGAP cultivation like before. Higher technology will result in better quality and, of course, greater value,” Nhuan happily boasted.
This year, Hai Duong has more than 500 ha of lychee and longan cultivated following GlobalGAP standard for export.
In addition, many other lychee and longan areas in the province have been attended to under VietGAP process, creating a premise to help these fruits approach higher market segments.
To meet enterprises' demand for fruit export, the provincial authorities have initially zoned export guava in Lien Mac and An Phuong communes, Thanh Ha district, with an area of 20 ha.
Compared with neighboring provinces, Hai Duong's fruit regions are not large, only about 22,000 ha in area, but have great export potential. Fruit trees like lychee, longan, and guava are key products helping Hai Duong's farm produce create a foothold on the national farm produce map.
Though far away, Red Dragon Co., Ltd. in Ho Chi Minh city has stuck to Hai Duong for more than five years to find fruits for export. From lychee to longan, and most recently, Thanh Ha guava has been introduced to international customers by the enterprise.
According to Mai Xuan Thin, representative of Red Dragon Co., Ltd., there are great opportunities for many kinds of fruits of Hai Duong since conditions for trade to fastidious markets have been loosen.
However, the first and decisive factor for successful export of fruits is construction of stable material regions ensuring export standards to be able to invite and retain businesses in the process of cultivating and selling agricultural products.
According to Vice Chairman of the provincial People's Committee Tran Van Quan, export fruit regions will be an impetus to change the way agricultural products are cultivated as well as sold.
In the short term, the forecast that there will be bumper crops of lychee and longan this year is a test for authorities to proactively and drastically join hands with farmers and enterprises to sell lychee and longan favorably.
In the long term, upon methodical cultivation and sale, the position of the province's agricultural products will definitely be elevated.