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Hai Duong to host litchi festival this weekend

Released at: 14:41, 06/06/2018

Hai Duong to host litchi festival this weekend

Photo: Vietnam National Administration of Toursim

June 10 Thanh Ha Litchi Festival to be followed by Thanh Ha Litchi Week in Hanoi from June 12 to 18.

by Le Diem

The first-ever Thanh Ha Litchi Festival will take place on June 10 in Thanh Ha district in the northern province of Hai Duong, some 60 km from Hanoi.

The festival aims to introduce the fruit in the country’s “litchi kingdom” of Thanh Ha and promote its potential and investment opportunities. It is also a chance to link farmers with supermarkets and shopping malls as well as enterprises involved in processing, purchasing, and exporting agricultural products.

Some 60 booths will offer litchis, with visitors also seeing a 200-year-old litchi tree in Thuy Lam village in Thanh Son commune, which is the oldest of its kind in Vietnam. They can also visit litchi orchards that meet local Vietnamese Good Agricultural Practices (VietGAP) standards for export to the US, Japan, Australia and the EU, and enjoy the sweet taste of the fruit.

After the festival, “Thanh Ha Litchi Week” will be held in Hanoi at the Exhibition Fair, Transaction Economic and Commerce Area at 489 Hoang Quoc Viet Street in Cau Giay district from June 12 to 18, aimed at introducing and promoting Thanh Ha litchi among consumers in the capital and neighboring areas.

Along with booths offering Thanh Ha litchi, there will be also be presentations of dishes made using the fruit and a workshop identifying Thanh Ha litchi specialties.

Hai Duong litchi received geographical indication (GI) from the Ministry of Science and Technology National Office of Intellectual Property in 2007, which is a label used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin. The local fruit was in the country’s Top 10 quality products in 2013 and 2014 and received a Gold Brand Prize in 2015.

The province has 10,500 ha of litchi, which are expected to yield 50,000 tonnes of fruit each year. The harvest is from mid-May to the end of June.

Thanh Ha litchi has been exported to Australia, Canada, Japan, China, France, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Sweden, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, and the US.

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