The Hanoitimes - There is great potential for Thanh Ha “thieu” litchi to enter international markets, said Swedish Ambassador to Vietnam Pereric Hogberg after he and his spouse visited Hai Duong province’s first-ever Thanh Ha “thieu” litchi festival 2018 and experienced litchi harvesting at a VietGAP farm in Thanh Xa commune last weekend.
At a working session with the local leaders, the Ambassador said he pays special attention to the trading of litchi products and wants to see them to the Swedish market.
Secretary of the Party Committee of Thanh Ha district Nguyen Duc Tuan expressed his wish that Ambassador Pereric Hogberg would support the locality in bringing its specialty fruit to Sweden and Europe in general.
After visiting the VietGAP litchi orchard and the ancient litchi tree, and enjoying Thanh Ha "thieu” litchi, the Swedish diplomat appreciated the quality of the local fruit as well as the VietGAP production process. VietGAP stands for Vietnamese Good Agricultural Practices.
Ambassador Pereric Hogberg and his wife took a photo with leaders of Thanh Ha district at lychee garden. Photo: VNA
Thanh Ha district has about 4,000 hectares of litchi, including 3,000 ha of ‘thieu” litchi, expected to yield 35,000 tons in 2018.
Thanh Ha “thieu” litchi received the geographical indication from the Ministry of Science and Technology’s National Office of Intellectual Property in 2007.
The local fruit was listed in the top 10 quality products in 2013 and 2014 and received the Gold Brand prize in 2015.
The Vietnam Association of Food Science and Technology granted a “trustful and safe food brand” certificate to Thanh Ha litchi in 2016. The same year, the ancient litchi tree in Thuy Lam village was recognized as the oldest of its kind in Vietnam.
The Thanh Ha “thieu” litchi festival opened on June 10, with numerous activities such as tours to the ancient litchi tree in Thuy Lam village in Thanh Son commune, Thanh Ha district; visits to VietGAP litchi gardens; and boat tours to litchi orchards along Huong river, among others. Visitors can also try their hand at picking litchi in farms in Thanh Ha district and Chi Linh town.
After the visit, Ambassador Pereric Hogberg said the trip was a special experience for him and his wife.