At present, Mai Son district is one of the localities that has the largest longan cultivation area throughout Son La province at over 2,500 hectares and enjoys an estimated output of 14,650 tonnes.
Thanks to the transfer of technology and the application of safe production processes, the district now has 95 hectares of longan growing areas which have successfully obtained certificates of safe food standards in line with the Vietnam Good Agricultural Practices (VietGAP) standards.
Most notably, the Post-Import Plant Quarantine Centre II under the Plant Protection Department has moved to grant a regional code to a total of 56 hectares of cultivation area.
Moreover, this year’s harvest season is expected to see the district’s longan output that meets export standards reach roughly 5,200 tonnes.
Mai Son district is therefore predicted to export some 2,600 tonnes of longan to markets such as the US, China, Cambodia, and Japan, in addition to emerging markets, including the United Arab Emirates, the Republic of Korea, France, Poland, and Malaysia.
Currently, relevant agencies have instructed local farmers to apply the use of advanced technologies in production whilst strictly implementing the production process in line with VietGAP and GlobalGAP standards.
This should be done whilst strengthening the supervision over the code-granted areas, as well as intensifying trade promotion activities to ensure export targets are met in a timely manner.