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Early ripening litchi 130,000 VND per kg

Ho Chi Minh CityThis year, early ripening lychees were sold by fruit shops for 100,000-130,000 VND per kilogram, double the same period last year.

Early ripening litchi, also known as pink lychee, is mainly grown in the Central Highlands, harvested from April to June every year. This lychee has a sweet, slightly sour taste, not as sweet as the northern lychee.

Survey of VnExpress In stores and traditional markets in Ho Chi Minh City, early ripening lychees are now available on fruit store shelves. The price per kg ranges from 100,000-120,000 VND, while last year it was only about 50,000-60,000 VND.

Ms. Hoa, the owner of a fruit shop on Thong Nhat Street (Go Vap), said that she has been selling pink lychees for 2 days now. Every day, she can import about 10 kg because the first crop is limited in quantity. “This year, the price of lychee has increased sharply to 120,000 VND per kilogram but still attracts customers,” she said.

At Ba Chieu market, early ripening lychees are also imported by many small traders for around 110,000 VND per kilogram. According to Ms. Loan, a small trader at this market, the early ripening lychee originates from Dak Lak and is harvested from late April to June.

In high-end fruit stores, early ripening lychees are also sold on the shelves for up to 130,000 VND per kilogram. According to shop owners, prices here are higher than in traditional markets because the fruit is carefully selected.

Pink lychee at a fruit shop on Thong Nhat street (Go Vap).  Photo: Thi Ha

Pink lychee at a fruit shop on Thong Nhat street (Go Vap). Image: Thi Ha

Explain the reason for the price increase this year, Ms. Hang, a trader specializing in fruit trading, said that transportation and storage costs increased by 40%, so the price of lychee rose sharply. The fabric purchasing price is also increasing compared to the same period last year, so the selling price fluctuates strongly.

Recorded at gardeners, the price of this product is at 40,000-45,000 VND per kg, an increase of 10,000-20,000 VND over the same period. Growers said that the price increased because of the high cost and labor of taking care of this year’s litchi season. On the other hand, litchi is at the beginning of the crop, so the quantity supplied to the market is low.

Enterprises specializing in purchasing Tay Nguyen fabrics further explained that last year it was difficult for goods to be sold to other localities due to quarantine activities, but now the situation seems to be more stable, so consumption is good, helping to increase prices.

According to a report by Dak Lak Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the province’s litchi growing area is over 1,313 hectares, an increase of more than five times compared to 2015, accounting for 3.6% of the total area of ​​fruit trees (36,300 hectares). ).

Most of the lychee area is concentrated in Ea Kar, M’Drak, Krong Pac, Krong Ana, Buon Ho and Krong Nang. This province is actively opening training courses, transferring science and technology; actively oriented production according to VietGAP process to help litchi grow sustainably.

Thi Ha

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