|According to the Viet Nam Cashew Association (Vinacas), the country exported 212,000 tonnes of cashew worth $1.3 billion in the first nine months of the year.— File Photo
HCM CITY (VNS)— With an increasing demand for cashews in the global market, Viet Nam expects a higher export volume this year, reaching US$1.8 billion.
According to the Viet Nam Cashew Association (Vinacas), the country exported 212,000 tonnes of cashew worth $1.3 billion in the first nine months of the year.
The average FOB export price in the period was $6,200 a tonne. The price was rather low in the first two quarters of the year, but since August it has gone up to $7,600 a tonne.
The US, China and the Netherlands were the three largest markets during the period, the association said.
Nguyen Duc Thanh, Vinacas chairman, said that export prices might rise by year-end.
Last year, export volumes were 220,000 tonnes. This year, they are expected to be 200,000-250,000 tonnes.
Total export revenue of more than $4 billion is predicted for the 2013-15 period. The export ratio of processed cashews is expected to rise in the coming years.
To fulfill the target, the industry must import an average of 300,000-400,000 tonnes of raw cashews a year, according to the association.
The challenge for the industry is the shortage of raw materials as domestic production meets only 50 per cent of processing capacity, it said.
In addition, Viet Nam's cashew productivity is about 0.7-0.8 tonne per hectare, rather low compared to other countries.
High-quality cashew seedlings that would raise yields should be created.
The association has urged its members to invest more in technology to address the labour shortage, increase productivity and safety of cashew products, and reduce production costs. — VNS