Viet Nam News
ĐẮK LẮK — Việt Nam aims to increase the value of coffee products by processing more than 25 per cent of its coffee beans by 2020, according to the Processing and Market Development Authority (AgroTrade) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
The country hopes to increase the output of roasted coffee from 26,000 tonnes at present to 50,000 tonnes by 2020, mainly for domestic sale.
The ministry has encouraged localities, particularly in the Central Highlands, south-eastern and Mekong Delta regions, to develop technologies to process some 55,000 tonnes of instant coffee annually.
Despite making up a modest percentage of the country’s total coffee beans, processed coffee is expected to rake in more than US$1 billion from exports and domestic sales, a quarter of the sector’s production value.
The ministry said it would support coffee processing investment via restructuring products to increase added value.
The State will also help export firms train staff with qualifications and English proficiency, promote trade and participate in international coffee workshops and fairs as well as call for investment in processing industry, set joint ventures and get involved in foreign supply chains.
Processing coffee is a stage that creates the highest added value from VNĐ70 million to VNĐ100 million (US$3,004 to $4,291) per tonne of coffee beans.
However, processed coffee makes up less than 10 per cent of total coffee production nationwide. The country only has eight instant coffee processing plants and 11 mixed instant coffee ones with respective total capacity of 36,480 tonnes and 139,850 tonnes per year.
On the other side, Việt Nam has hundreds of small-scale roasted coffee processing facilities.
The Central Highlands province of Đắk Lắk is a key coffee area of the country, but its processed coffee only comprises about 10 per cent of total coffee beans.
The locality has 163 coffee processing facilities, mainly operating on a small-scale, including five invested in by foreign firms.
In 2016-17, Đắk Lắk earned some $28.8 billion from exporting 4,426 tonnes of instant coffee, making up 2.2 per cent and 6.5 per cent of total output and export turnover.
At present, the country has more than 664,633ha of coffee, up 14,000ha compared to 2017, including 606,938ha for commercial coffee. In the 2017-18 crop, Việt Nam harvested 1.529 billion tonnes of coffee beans, mainly from Central Highlands provinces. — VNS