Traffic congestion in Vietnam’s litchi kingdom during harvest season

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This year's litchi output in the northern province of Bac Giang is estimated at over 130,000 tons, lower than 2015.

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The volume of litchi transport vehicles has exceeded the capacity of National Road 31.

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The congestion is reported in many litchi trading hubs in Luc Ngan district such as Chu town and Kep T-junction.

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Vehicles continually come in and out of trading centers, causing serious congestion.

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Litchi prices in Luc Ngan are between VND15,000 - VND20,000 VND ($0.67 - $0.9 USD) per kilo.

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Trucks from across Vietnam, such as the central provinces of Binh Dinh, Phu Yen and Quang Nam, have flocked to Luc Ngan to buy litchis. A large volume of the fruit has also been exported to China.

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Some traders have taken advantage of the congestion to force litchi prices down, even to VND7,000 - VND8,000 ($0.31 - $0.36) per kilo.

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Some traders played tricks such as driving big trucks to obstruct roads and cause congestions so as to buy litchis at low prices, according to local farmers.

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Motorbike riders have to wait for hours to move along.

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A motorbike usually carries almost 200kg of litchis at a time, which can easily make it fall down.

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Young volunteers help a cyclist collect litchis.

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