Deputy Minister calls for a balance between domestic consumption and exports.
Lychee exports to foreign markets are only 40 per cent of the target and primarily going to China, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh told a conference held by the Hanoi Department of Industry and Trade on June 5 on boosting fruit and agricultural product trade.
The Deputy Minister also expressed his pleasure at lychee export volumes being up 200,000 tons in this harvest and that they are now permitted to enter the US and Australia in large volumes, but added that the target not being met and the reliance on China is disappointing.
He proposed a balance between the domestic market and export markets to ensure the sustainability of agricultural production and consumption. At the same time, city and provincial departments of industry and trade should have close ties with businesses in developing links in the agriculture production chain.
On May 30 the first batch of lychees was exported to the US and they will be exported to Australia shortly. These are two difficult markets, so these initial exports are an extremely positive sign for lychee growing in Vietnam in particular and for agricultural products in general.