According to Luong Thi Kiem, head of the provincial plant protection sub-department, as of April 2019, Hai Duong has 40 areas producing litchi, longan, banana and watermelon, and two packaging facilities receiving codes accepted by China. There are another 115 packaging facilities and 10 fruit-growing areas in the province that are awaiting code grants and approval from China.
The provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has issued detailed guidelines on the export of fresh fruits to China and it has asked relevant localities to instruct farmers to follow VietGAP standards as well as harvesting, package, transporting and labeling requirements.
According the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, in 2018, Hai Duong had about 10,500 ha of litchi, mostly in Thanh Ha district and Chi Linh town, which yielded about 60,000 tons.
VNA explains how the Hai Duong litchi received a ‘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