As per a decision of People’s Committee in the hill city of Da Lat in the highlands province of Lam Dong, from October 20, Chinese -imported potatoes will not be sold in the wholesale market Da Lat.
The decision was issued because Da Lat Town’s administration wanted to prevent dishonest traders from coating vegetables with the typical red dirt of the Central Highlands city to disguise potatoes imported from China as the local vegetable and then sell in other markets in the country.
This is an act of commercial fraud damaging the brand name of potatoes grown in Da Lat.
However, on October 21, some traders gathered in front of the market to raise their objection to the decision. According to lawyer Le Cao Tanh from the lawyer association in Lam Dong province, local government just fine traders who sell Chinese potatoes but scrapped dirt off the potatoes before coating them with Da Lat's distinctive red soil to disguise them as home-grown. If Chinese - imported potatoes that have safe and genuine documents are still alowed to sell in the market.
Consumers will themselves decide to buy what kind of potatoes.