COVID-19 outbreak takes a toll on peach blossom sales

As the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday approaches people in Ha Noi flock to Quang An market in Tay Ho District to buy peach blossom trees.

Prices of peach blossoms in Ha Noi have dropped drastically since the latest COVID-19 outbreak at the end of January.

As the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday approaches people in the capital city flock to Quang An market in Tay Ho District where a variety of the holiday trees are sold.

Although the market still looks busy, peach sellers said the discovery of new community infections on January 28 and those that followed have taken a toll on sales.

Le Thi Be, 55, who buys peach branches from farmers to sell at the market, said: “Before the COVID-19 outbreak they were selling very fast. But since the outbreak sales have slowed down. Very slow. And the trees became much cheaper too.

“If we buy a tree from the peach gardens for VND1 million (US$43), we can only sell it at about VND500,000 ($22) here. People said they don’t have money because of COVID.”

Vendors like Be sell all types of peach trees – round, tilted, specially shaped.

Peach blossom branches of all shapes are sold at Quang An Flower Market in Ha Noi's Tay Ho District. Big branches were sold at VND1-2 million before the outbreak. 

The most expensive ones are around VND2 million, and the least expensive VND200,000, she said.

Nguyen Truong Son, 20, whose family grows and sells the trees, added: “Before the outbreak the prices were very high. Small branches could be sold at VND300,000-400,000, and big ones at VND1-2 million. But since the outbreak and all the isolations were implemented, prices have dropped drastically.

“Normally we can sell 15-20 branches a day, but because of the outbreak, now on a good day we can only sell from eight to 10.”

Buyers have also noticed the changes in prices.

Trinh Tuan Anh, an office worker from Bac Ninh Province, said he found the trees about 30 per cent cheaper than last year.

“I do find them cheaper this year. One that would have cost VND1.5 million last year costs only VND1 million this year,” he said.

“I guess that’s because of the pandemic, which makes it more difficult to travel, and people also don’t want to spend a lot of money.

“But for me that’s good, because now I can get what I want at a reasonable price.”

 

A shopper browses small branches of peach blossoms at Quang An market, which are sold at VND100,000-200,000.

The pandemic is also affecting the traditional holiday and how people prepare for it.

“Because of the pandemic I feel like this market is a little less vibrant than previous years,” said Pham Hong Ngoc, an office worker from Ha Noi’s outlying district of Ha Dong.

“My husband and I planned to buy a lot of flowers to decorate our house for Tet. But because of the outbreak, we have decided to buy just enough, because people won’t be able to visit each other’s houses like every year anyway.”

Peach blossoms are also being sold in the Old Quarter during the Hang Luoc Tet Flower Market, a traditional event held only once a year a week before the Lunar New Year Eve.

Sellers here are also experiencing a sales drop due to COVID-19.

Pham Van Hanh, 45, from Phu Thuong Ward, Tay Ho District said the prices for flowers and bonsai halved this year compared to last year.

“There are fewer customers so I have to sell at lower prices,” he said.

“A small branch of peach blossom which costs VND150,000-200,000 last year is now sold at VND100,000 only. But there are still not many people willing to buy. The pandemic and economic degradation are having a major effect on us.”

Truong Mai Phuong, 31, said she is seeing the lowest number of customers this year since she started selling flowers ten years ago.

“I hope the authorities can control the pandemic so that people can enjoy the Lunar New Year,” Phuong said.

Viet Nam reported two community infections on January 28 in Hai Duong and Quang Ninh provinces, the first local transmissions for nearly two months.

As of yesterday morning the country’s caseload stood at 1,957, with 1,465 having recovered from the disease. — VNS

Nghe An: Unique "Buddha's hand" peach tree attracts visitors

Nghe An: Unique "Buddha's hand" peach tree attracts visitors

Hundreds of people in Muong Xen town of the mountainous district of Ky Son in the central province of Nghe An have flocked to the house of a local man to admire a peach tree with the unique position called "Buddha's hand".  

2021 Tet: clay-made dishes, giant Mexican yams

2021 Tet: clay-made dishes, giant Mexican yams

The dishes on Vietnamese people’s offering trays for Tet days made of clay have attracted buyers. Many original products have been created to celebrate the nation’s traditional Tet.

 
 

Other News

.
Industries bet on vaccine visa measures
Industries bet on vaccine visa measures
BUSINESSicon  01/04/2021 

In line with the global vaccine visa drive, Vietnam’s latest move to complete technical infrastructure for the availability of such a travel document in April is expected to revive industries, heralding strong economic recovery ahead.

Vietnam Airlines unveils coveted US flight proposals
Vietnam Airlines unveils coveted US flight proposals
BUSINESSicon  31/03/2021 

Vietnam Airlines’ dream of a direct commercial flight to the US is being quickened as a way to shelter from the financial trouble amid the pandemic, with repatriation flights being the pre-runner for future non-stop journeys across the Pacific Ocean.

Rapid growth of online delivery services
Rapid growth of online delivery services
BUSINESSicon  01/04/2021 

The sudden, unexpected and virulent spread of the Covid-19 pandemic brought about a change in perception and planning in consumer sales behavior, and many well established businesses made a strong shift towards online delivery servicing. 

New strategy to place priority on green growth
New strategy to place priority on green growth
BUSINESSicon  31/03/2021 

The Ministry of Planning and Investment is drafting a national green growth strategy and plans to submit it to the Government by June to accelerate the transition towards a carbon-neutral economy in Vietnam.

Many Vietnamese exporters see profit soar during COVID-19
Many Vietnamese exporters see profit soar during COVID-19
BUSINESSicon  31/03/2021 

Many Vietnamese exporters have seen a sudden increase in profits during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Aviation industry: Sasco reports profit, Nasco reports loss
Aviation industry: Sasco reports profit, Nasco reports loss
BUSINESSicon  31/03/2021 

Aviation service companies continue experiencing hardships due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but the business of Johnathan Hanh Nguyen still is making a profit.

Wind, solar power projects complain about VAT refunds
Wind, solar power projects complain about VAT refunds
FEATUREicon  31/03/2021 

Wind power developers, who are running against time to put their projects into operation prior to November 2021, now face another problem: they may not get a VAT (value added tax) refund because of certain regulations.

Attracting multi-billion dollars worth of investments to IZs, tycoon earns big money
Attracting multi-billion dollars worth of investments to IZs, tycoon earns big money
BUSINESSicon  31/03/2021 

The real estate firm of Dang Thanh Tam has attracted $1.2 billion worth of investments into its IZs within a short time, projecting a profit increase of 6-7 times in 2021 amid continued foreign capital inflow.

Vietnam to develop wind, solar power, but safety concerns exist
Vietnam to develop wind, solar power, but safety concerns exist
FEATUREicon  31/03/2021 

Wind and solar power continues to be prioritized but solutions are needed to ensure the safety of the electricity system when operating volatile sources of energy.

Home loan interest rates fluctuate
Home loan interest rates fluctuate
BUSINESSicon  31/03/2021 

Many commercial banks have adjusted their preferential home loan interest rates, ranging from 5.99 percent to 9.5 percent per annum.

Beauty queens gather in Hanoi
Beauty queens gather in Hanoi
BUSINESSicon  30/03/2021 

The two runner-ups, Tu Anh and Huyen My, joined Miss Vietnam World Ngo Phuong Lan, actors Huynh Anh, Doan Quoc Dam and actress Diem Hang at a recent event in Hanoi.

VIETNAM BUSINESS NEWS MARCH 30
VIETNAM BUSINESS NEWS MARCH 30
BUSINESSicon  30/03/2021 

Vietnam-UK trade deal to officially take effect from May

Mekong Delta continues to develop transport infrastructure
Mekong Delta continues to develop transport infrastructure
BUSINESSicon  30/03/2021 

The Mekong Delta is working with the Ministry of Transport to improve the local transport infrastructure and thus trade flows, the Can Tho branch of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry has said.

VIETNAM BUSINESS NEWS MARCH 31
VIETNAM BUSINESS NEWS MARCH 31
BUSINESSicon  31/03/2021 

Ministry sets up team to study virtual assets, money

Vietnamese companies advised to proactively respond to Suez Canal blockage
Vietnamese companies advised to proactively respond to Suez Canal blockage
BUSINESSicon  30/03/2021 

The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) has advised exporters around Vietnam to adopt necessary measures in order to minimise any economic damage posed by the stranded shipping vessel in the Suez Canal.

VIETNAM BUSINESS NEWS MARCH 29
VIETNAM BUSINESS NEWS MARCH 29
BUSINESSicon  29/03/2021 

HCM City unveils export targets for next decade

Gold and money trading: female tycoons win big
Gold and money trading: female tycoons win big
BUSINESSicon  29/03/2021 

Among outstanding entrepreneurs last week were Trinh Van Quyet, Cao Thi Ngoc Dung, Nguyen Thi Nga, and Dang Thanh Tam.

‘We’ll lose another tourist season if we don’t change”
‘We’ll lose another tourist season if we don’t change”
FEATUREicon  29/03/2021 

In recent talks with VietNamNet, Dr. Nguyen Duc Kien - Head of Economic Advisory Group to the Prime Minister - said the pandemic battle and mass media communications have to be adjusted to support economic development.

Vietnam set to become second largest economy in Southeast Asia
Vietnam set to become second largest economy in Southeast Asia
BUSINESSicon  28/03/2021 

Vietnam aims to become the second largest economy in Southeast Asia by 2030 thanks to its sound economic performance, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has said.

Vietnam’s textile and apparel industry may recover in 2H 2022
Vietnam’s textile and apparel industry may recover in 2H 2022
BUSINESSicon  28/03/2021 

Vietnamese textile and garment enterprises have received orders for the end of April 2021.

 
 
 
Leave your comment on an article

OR QUICK LOGIN