HCMC – Bac Giang Province looks to export 1,500 tons of lychees to the U.S. market after receiving the Irradiation Reporting and Accountability Database (IRADS) code for 200 hectares of lychee.
The IRADS code is seen as a passport for agriculture products to enter demanding markets. Bac Giang has been granted the code for 17 regions.
The northern province is projected to collect some 180,000 tons of lychee this year. Of these, 1,500 tons would be exported to the U.S. market.
Speaking at a recent seminar promoting exporting lychees to the U.S. market, a provincial department of industry and trade representative said America was one of the potential markets for lychee exports. However, the country had strict quarantine and food safety requirements, leading to difficulties in the transportation costs, delivery time and preservation technology of lychee and other agricultural products.
Bac Giang suggested the Ministry of Industry and Trade organize promotion activities for the consumption of lychees and other potential products to the U.S. market, such as updating import and export policies, food safety and hygiene policies and the technical barriers of the European and American markets.
The province will also apply scientific and technical advances in making products that meet the export criteria, committing favorable conditions for businesses to invest in the production and export of lychees to the U.S. market.
Last year, Bac Giang had 28,300 hectares of lychee, of which 15,400 hectares were given the Vietnamese Good Agricultural Practices certificate and 82 hectares produced following the Global Good Agricultural Practice standard.
The province has gained 18 production unit codes for regions planting fruits qualified for export to the E.U. and American markets, besides 149 production unit codes for agriculture products to be exported to the Chinese market. It is seeking 34 production unit codes to export agricultural products to the Japanese market.