According to the General Department of Vietnam Customs, fruit and vegetable exports hit US$1.99 billion in the first half of this year, up 19.3% against the same period last year. Particularly, longan exports rose by 8.9% to US$124.76 million mostly to China, the US and Taiwan.
The Import-Export Department under the Ministry of Industry and Trade forecast a bumper longan crop this year.
Son La and Hung Yen are two largest longan growing provinces in the north. This year, Son La grew 12,257ha of longan trees, 7,826ha of which began to be harvested, and Hung Yen province has 4,340ha under longan, 4,200ha of which have been harvested.
In order to help longan growers get a higher profit, a promotion campaign will be held from late July to the end of August by the Agro Processing and Market Development Authority (AgroTrade) and Hung Yen and Son La provinces to increase their sales and exports.
Son La will launch the Safe Longan and Farm Produce week, a longan festival, an export promotion conference and a longan week in Hanoi. Especially, the province will hold a longan trade promotion conference in Pingxiang, Guangxi, China.
Meanwhile Hung Yen will organize five major events to accelerate the consumption of its products including a Hung Yen longan festival and a longan week in Hanoi.