Previously, traders would come to procure dry garlic from each household for US$4.5-$5 per kilo. Last year the price tag dropped to $2.6, then $1.3, and has now settled at €65-€87 per kilo.
There are about 1,800 tons of garlic across the whole Ly Son District, causing heavy losses to growers.
During the last winter-spring crop, 325 hectares of crops were cultivated, yielding 124 quintals per hectare, outputting 3,000 tons fresh or 2,100 tons dried garlic.
Although half a year’s time passed, only one-seventh of the crops have been consumed at extremely low prices.