Pepper sector advised to boost clean production

Vietnam is likely to achieve its target of exporting 180,000 tonnes of pepper in 2017 (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – Chairman of the Vietnam
Pepper Association (VPA) Do Ha Nam has advised pepper farmers to make
investment in technology and clean production as the competition with foreign
rivals will be fiercer.  

Vietnamese pepper is making up 60 percent of
the global market, he cited, adding that the country’s clean pepper products
are popular in the US, Germany, Europe and Japan.

In the first six months of this year, Vietnam earned
750 million USD from selling 126,000 tonnes of pepper abroad, up 18 percent in
volume but down 16 percent in value.

Vietnam is likely to achieve its target of
exporting 180,000 tonnes of pepper in 2017 due to the globe’s surging demand,
he said.

The Lam Sang Pepper Cooperative in the southern
province of Dong Nai exported 300 tonnes of clean pepper to Germany and Europe
in the first half of 2017, doubling the same period last year, Director Nguyen
Ngoc Luan reported.

The demands from such choosy markets are huge
and they are ready to order 5,000 tonnes of pepper each year, he said, noting
that the most important thing is to ensure the high quality of products rather
than expanding the pepper growing area.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and
Rural Development, Vietnam is home to 140,000 hectares of pepper, surpassing by
90,000 hectares as planned through 2020.

Currently, the area for growing pepper is
increasing out of control. 

Luan advised both businesses and farmers to pay
more attention to manufacturing techniques and studying the market’s demands.

At present, Vietnamese pepper is ranked after
Indian product in terms of quality and brand, but it could compete against that
from Indonesia, Malaysia and Cambodia, he said.

He added that his cooperative has provided 5,000
tonnes of clean pepper to Europe over the past three year, and moves to supply
for Japan in the time ahead.-VNA

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