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  • Vietnamese Deputy PM urges strengthened cashew industry

    Apr 13th, 2015

    Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has urged the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Ministry of Industry and Trade to design requirements and standards to connect production and export in the cashew sector.During his tour of the southern province of Binh Phuoc to visit a number of effective cashew-growing farms in Bu Gia Map district on April 8, the Deputy PM underscored the need to tap the cashew potential in the locality, one of the country’s key cashew-planting areas. Hai asked the agricultural research institute to conduct in-depth studies on the new cashew grafting method of local farmers applied in the locality, saying it is necessary to improve the process and introduce cashew growers in other localities to the style.Binh Phuoc boasts a total cashew planting area of 178 hectares with an annual output of over 200,000 tonnes. Local famers paying heed to selecting varieties and applying advanced technologies in cultivation are generating high yields of about 3 tonnes per hectares. Since 2003, a number of local families in Bu Gia Map district have used a new grafting method with elevated economic value. With the aim to make the local cashew industry stronger and more sustainable, Binh Phuoc set up a steering committee. Local authorities also mapped out and ratified policies to support cashew growers to improve their cultivation models while arranging training courses for local residents and facilitating access to capital to promote the sector’s development.