Rubber strategy gets approval
HCM CITY — The Prime Minister has approved the Viet Nam Rubber Group's business plan by 2015, which calls for an annual increase in turnover by 15 per cent and pre-tax profits of 22 per cent a year.
|Farmers at a Dong Nai Rubber JSC plantation harvest rubber lattex in southern Binh Phuoc Province. The country aims to increase the rubber sector's turnover by 15 per cent next year. — VNA/VNS Photo Dinh Hue
If the plan's expectations are met, the group would likely contribute an annual estimate of VND3.5 trillion (US$168 million) to the State's budget.
With the plan, the group would spend VND15 trillion ($720 million) a year for its development and recruit 70,000-80,000 workers for its facilities in Viet Nam and in other countries, increasing the total workforce to 200,000 by 2015.
The plan calls for expanding the total cultivation area to 500,000ha by developing 60,000ha of newly cultivated area in Viet Nam and 60,000ha in other countries. The group also operates facilities in Laos and Cambodia.
The VRG has already set up programmes to increase the production capacity of its processing facilities in order to meet the increasing need from new cultivation areas. Expected total processed production by 2015 would reach 400,000 tonnes.
The group also plans to increase its rubber-processing capacity to target a production of 400,000 cu. m of wood by 2015.
It has developed a strategy to create industries that use rubber materials, with targeted production of one million tyres and 15,000 tonnes of mattresses and other products each year.
The VRG is a partly State-run group that operates in various sectors, including rubber cultivation, raw rubber processing, rubber product manufacture, agriculture, mechanics and construction.
It has more than 25 facilities in Viet Nam covering 263,627ha and other facilities covering a total of 70,608ha in Cambodia and Laos.
Viet Nam is the fifth largest rubber producer in the world. — VNS