08/09/2014 14:40 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

Dak Lak exports coffee to 80 countries and territories

Dak Lak, September 7 (VNA)- C offee produced in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak has found their way into the market of 80 countries and territories worldwide, 20 more markets compared to the number reported early this year.

The locality’s coffee export turnover has hit 440 million USD so far this year, a year-on-year increase of 23 percent, achieving nearly 59 percent of the plan set for the year.

The top 10 importers of Dak Lak coffee are Germany, Japan, the US, Italy, Switzerland, the Republic of Korea (RoK), India, Spain, Indonesia and Russia.
The September 2 Import-Export Company is the leading coffee exporter in Dak Lak, shipping abroad over 73,657 tonnes s o far this year, raking in over 147 million USD, 114.23 percent higher than that of the same period last year.

Apart from its traditional markets in Europe, the company has found outlets in several Asian countries such as Japan, the RoK and the Philippines.

Dak Lak boasts the country’s largest coffee growing area with over 200,000 ha, making up 30 percent of the nation’s coffee land and producing up to 400,000 tonnes of beans annually.

Local authorities have worked out a series of measures to further improve the quality and output of export coffee so as to satisfy the quality-requirements and increasing demand of foreign markets.
Coffee exporters in the province have cooperated with farmers to shift strongly to “clean” production in order to meet increasingly strict demand of importers. An estimated 41,000 farms with a total acreage of 61,458ha in Dak Lak are now following standardised coffee-growing models, such as 4C Code of Conduct, Rainforest Alliance, Fair Trade and UTZ Certified.

The province plans to continue expanding coffee-growing areas licensed to use the PGI and will call for the support of the European Trade Policy and Investment Support Project (EU-MUTRAP) to help Buon Ma Thuot coffee enter the European market soon.

Vietnam exported 1.04 million tonnes of coffee in the first half of this year, earning 2.12 billion USD, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The figures represented increases of 31.7 percent in volume and 24.7 percent in value on a yearly basis.
VNA/VNP