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  • Vietnam cooperates to build raw material area of ​​1 million tons of cashew in Cambodia

    Dec 8th, 2017

    In the afternoon of December 7, the Vietnam Cashew Association (VINACAS) donated 1.5 billion VND to support the development of 1 million cashew trees in Cambodia, part of a plan to build a 1 million tonne cashew farm in Cambodia between Vietnamese and Cambodian businesses.In the afternoon of 7th December, at VINACAS workshop on solutions for import-export support for the 2018-2019 season, VINACAS Chairman Nguyen Duc Thanh said that this unit is cooperating with The Cambodian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and businesses to build 1 million tonnes of cashew in Cambodia in the near future.

    According to Mr. Thanh as well as the experts at the workshop, Cambodia is one of the countries producing raw quality is quite good, due to good varieties, climate is quite suitable for the growth of cashew . In particular, the Cambodian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries is also very interested in growing cashews, to improve the lives of farmers.Cambodia also wants to cooperate with businesses and authorities in Vietnam to develop cashew growing areas, apply cultivation techniques to achieve high productivity and quality.

    Recently, VINACAS has been surveying and working with the Cambodian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and some Cambodian businesses, proposing to cooperate to plant 500,000ha of cashew in Cambodia to have raw materials estimated at 1 million tons in the near future. .Mr. Thanh also informed that after Cambodian farmers grow cashew, VINACAS and Vietnam cashew producers will commit to buy all raw materials that Cambodia produces.Mr. Hean Vann Horn, the Director General of the General Department of Agriculture (Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries), said that in recent years, due to unstable raw material prices, the organization of production The area of ​​cashew cultivation in Cambodia has fallen sharply, from 300,000 ha in 2014 to about 100,000 ha.

    However, right next to, Vietnam has to import billions of dollars of raw materials from distant African countries. Meanwhile, soil and climate in Cambodia are well suited for the development of cashew trees, suggesting that Cambodia is in full swing to expand cashew production areas in the near future.However, in order to develop a large material area, the Cambodian side would like to be supported by VINACAS on the selection of seeds, technical support for cultivation, harvesting and preservation techniques ... in order to ensure productivity and quality. such as ensuring profitability of farmers.Therefore, in the immediate future, to support your side, VINACAS has donated 1.5 billion VND to support the development of 1 million cashew trees in Cambodia in the period 2018-2022. At the same time, also in the afternoon 7.12, Working Group, Research, Development Assistance Vietnam - Cambodia has been launched, in order to concretize the plan.

    According to Nguyen Duc Thanh, in recent years, Vietnam has always been the world's leading exporter of cashews and the processing industry has developed strongly. However, Vietnam's industry also has "weak points" when the domestic production only meet about 20-35% of processing needs of enterprises.The import of raw cashew nuts is very risky because of the difficulty in controlling the quality of inputs, many imported goods fail to ensure the quality of business losses, high payment risks ...It is known that from 2014 onwards, Cambodian raw cashew exports to Vietnam accounted for only 30%, but in recent years, this number has reached over 90%. Cambodia is the fifth largest market for raw cashew in Viet Nam.With an estimated production of 1 million tons of raw material, Cambodia will be the world's largest producer of raw materials. With the cooperation agreement mentioned above, together with geographical advantages, it is hoped that the Vietnamese cashew industry will solve the shortage of raw materials.

    Source: Dan Viet Newspaper