Vietnam’s lychee crop not ‘bearing fruit’

Locals selling lychee on motorbikes in a street in Luc Ngan, Bac Giang province, Vietnam. The communist nation usually exports around 100,000 tonnes of fresh lychees worth more than US$30 million. – EPA pic, June 9, 2020.

HUNDREDS of lychee farmers sorted and graded huge piles of the tropical fruit at a busy wholesale market in northern Vietnam today, but many bemoaned slumping prices as foreign traders were held up in quarantine.

After mounting an aggressive response to the coronavirus pandemic, life in the country is back to relative normality and workers clustered together mask-free at dawn in Bac Giang province, their motorbikes fitted with baskets overflowing with the sweet fruit.

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