Cashew industry to establish fund

Monday, Jul 04, 2016 09:34

A fund is needed for the sustainable development of cashew production. — VNA/VNS Photo
HCM CITY (Biz Hub) — The Viet Nam Cashew Association has suggested establishing a fund that will make cashew production sustainable.

It would also help strengthen linkages between cashew businesses and farmers, Dang Hoang Giang, deputy chairman of the association, known as Vinacas, told its ninth congress held in HCM City last Friday to review the 2013-15 period and make plans for 2016-20.

The fund would raise money from four sources – the Government, cashew processors and exporters (US$1-$2 for every tonne of cashew exported), donors and others — he said.

He said 50-70 per cent of the fund would be used for programmes to improve cashew fields, research into cashew strains and support farmers.

The remaining would be earmarked for research and instalment of processing machinery and equipment, improving product quality, hygiene and food safety, and trade promotion both at home and abroad, he said.

The fund would be managed by a trust, he said.

Vinacas will continue to focus on four key programmes: "Working together with farmers"; "Cleaner production"; "Viet Nam's cashew value"; and "Export development".

Nguyen Duc Thanh, Vinacas chairman, said while exports of many agricultural products faced difficulties in 2013-15, cashew exports increased consistently in terms of both volume and value.

The country earned $2.5 billion from the export of 330,000 tonnes of nuts and cashew-based products last year, a year-on-year increase of 15 per cent in value and 10 per cent in volume, accounting for 9 per cent of total agricultural export earnings.

Average export price was $7,300 per tonne in 2015, 12 per cent higher than in the previous year. It was also the 10th consecutive year in which Viet Nam remained the largest cashew exporter.

Viet Nam in fact accounts for 50 per cent of the global revenue for cashew exports.

In the first half of this year it exported 156,000 tonnes for $1.2 billion.

Its products are available in more than 80 countries and territories, with the US, EU and China being key markets.

At the congress, Nguyen Duc Thanh was elected to continue as chairman of the association for another term. — VNS

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Đào Văn Thành - Tuesday, 05/04/2016, 12:10 Reply | Like