Vietnamese lychee granted with Japan’s GI certification

The Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) has granted geographical indication (GI) certification to Luc Ngan lychee that originates from Bac Giang province.
March 17, 2021 | 07:58
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Farmers examine lychees in Luc Ngan District, Bac Giang Province on June 10, 2020. Photo: VnExpress


The Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) has granted geographical indication (GI) certification to Luc Ngan lychee that originates from Bac Giang province, 80 kilometers northeast of Hanoi.

According to the provincial Department of Science and Technology, Luc Ngan lychee has been the first Vietnamese product to be granted such certification in Japan.

The product had previously successfully protected its trademark in China, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Australia, Laos, and Cambodia. It is currently consumed in certain countries globally.

The issuance of GI certification will create optimal conditions for Luc Ngan lychee to start to make inroads into the Japanese market, along with others worldwide, the VOV reported.

Luc Ngan district is now home to more than 15,000 hectares of lychee, mostly in Hong Giang, Tan Son, Quy Son, and Giap Son communes. In addition, several lychee growing areas fall in line with Global Good Agricultural Practices (GlobalGAP) and Vietnamese Good Agricultural Practices (VietGAP) to produce high-quality organic products that meet the various needs of domestic consumption and export.

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Lychees are harvested in Muoi hamlet, Luc Ngan district. Photo: VNA

The year ahead will continue to see Bac Giang direct the production of 19 codes of growing areas that were granted by Japan last year, while also increasing the total cultivation lychee area to the Japanese market to approximately 130 hectares.

Currently, the Plant Protection Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is in the process of evaluating and appraising the production procedures in order to grant area codes for lychees in the near future.

Vietnam exported fresh lychees to Japan for the first time after five years of negotiations and preparations to meet quality standards last June, according to VnExpress.

Vietnam started negotiating with Japan for lychee exports in 2014 and got the green light in December 2019. /.

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