Ben Tre to push Xiem coconut exports

Monday, Apr 02, 2018 08:54

A grower harvests coconuts in the southern province of Ben Tre. The province has nearly 71,500 ha of coconut groves that produce around 600 million coconuts per year. — VNA/VNS Photo Cong Tri

The southern province of Ben Tre plans to develop its renowned Xiem coconut exports by increasing its market value and researching farming technologies and techniques.

Bui Duong Thuat, director of Mekong Impex Fresh Fruit Company Ltd, said that despite Ben Tre Xiem coconut receiving a geographical indication (signs to indicate that a product originates from a specific region and possesses its associated qualities) on March 17, it did not help improve the product’s competitiveness in markets abroad.

He said that Ben Tre’s coconuts still could not compete with Thailand’s coconuts, due to their higher quality and cheaper production costs. As of March 22, Thailand coconuts were sold at US$0.89 per coconut at supermarkets in California, while Ben Tre coconuts, which are considered to be of lesser quality, were sold at $0.6.

Ben Tre plans to increase its coconut’s brand power by creating a network between coconut farmers and businesses, reducing the cost of productions, providing funding for studying technology and techniques in coconut farming, as well as increasing land for coconut farming by 20 per cent.

Farmers are also urged to work with co-operative groups and abide to VietGap standards in their farming to ensure higher quality coconuts.

Ben Tre is famous for its coconuts, having around 70,000 hectares of land for coconut farming. Around 600 million coconuts are grown every year, yielding VND5.4 trillion annually.

Its coconuts are sold in several foreign markets, such as Canada, US and Australia. — VNS

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