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Hải Phòng imports camphor trees from China

Update: February, 26/2018 - 19:00
The camphor trees planted along Phạm Văn Đồng Road in the northern port city of Hải Phòng. — Photo
Viet Nam News

HẢI PHÒNG — Authority in Hải Phòng City has explained on the import of more than 1,000 camphor trees (Cinnamomum camphora) from China to plant along Phạm Văn Đồng Road, saying that domestic gardens did not have enough of the trees and their prices were higher than those from China.

According to director of the city Department of Construction, Phùng Văn Thanh, by the end of last year, the northern port city planted eight camphor trees alongside other plants along Phạm Văn Đồng Road as part of a pilot programme. The eight camphor trees grew well. After taking opinions from the community, municipal leaders decided to plant a number of the trees along the road, which is considered the longest road with flamboyant trees in Việt Nam.

Thanh said that as per the city’s plan, it would invest VNĐ537 billion (US$23.9 million) in planting trees in the period 2018-20. The city would plant different kinds of trees, and in the short term, the city planted camphor trees with total funds of more than VNĐ12 billion ($533,300), said Thanh.

At first, more than 1,000 camphor trees will be planted. The trees are spaced at about 7-8 metres from each other, planted in two rows. Each tree is four metres in height with a diameter of 18-20cm. Each tree costs VNĐ8 million ($350).

However, when talking to a correspondent from the Đất Việt Newspaper, the spokesperson from Thiên Xanh Nam Long Co Ltd in the southern province of Đồng Nai, said that a tree which is four metres in height and has a diameter of 18-20cm could be sold for just VNĐ4.5 million ($200) in Việt Nam.

The company had a lot of camphor trees with diameters of 10-15cm, and each tree was sold for VNĐ1 million ($40), the spokesperson said.

Nguyễn Văn Tiến, director of the Minh Phương Green Trees Co Ltd in the northern province of Hưng Yên, said that the tree is four metres in height with diameter of 18-20cm like the one being bought from China could be sold at VNĐ1.5 million ($65) at his company.

“At present the company can supply several hundred of camphor trees,” said Tiến. — VNS

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