Elbow grease and rugged beauty: mangrove charcoal

Update: January, 06/2017 - 21:00
Burnt matter: Worker sorts through charcoal from the kilns. — VNA/VNS Photo Huỳnh Thế Anh
Viet Nam News

Producing mangrove charcoal is a traditional craft in the southernmost province of Cà Mau, and it can still be found today in Ngọc Hiển District. But its popularity has been on the decline in recent years. Presently, the export of mangrove charcoal is encountering many difficulties and the mangrove charcoal mainly serves local demand. But domestically, too, the demand is declining because most people have switched to gas, and the livelihood of the charcoal makers has become unstable.

Ready to burn: The mangrove wood receives preliminary treatment before being put into the kilns. — VNA/VNS Photo Huỳnh Thế Anh
Supply aplenty: As the land of mangrove, Cà Mau Province has an abundance of raw material for charcoal. — VNA/VNS Photo Huỳnh Thế Anh
Gathering firewood: Workers transport mangrove wood from boats to the charcoal cellar. — VNA/VNS Photo Huỳnh Thế Anh
Back and colourful: Children play tug-of-war in Ngọc Hiển District. — VNA/VNS Photo Huỳnh Thế Anh