The Hanoitimes - The 8th Vietnam International Cashew Conference reported that Vietnamese cashew exports in the eleven months of 2016 posted strong growth, reaching 291,000 tonnes in volume and 2.33 billion USD in value.
Cashew nuts are being processed for export
President of the Vietnam Cashew Association (VCA) Nguyen Duc Thanh said the result would help Vietnam continue maintaining its market share of over 50 percent of the globe's cashew nuts trade value (about 55.5 billion USD). 2016 marks the 11th consecutive year Vietnam holds leading position in the world in exporting cashew nuts, he noted.
In the coming time, the sector will enhance product diversification and cleaner production, as well as expand domestic market in order to lift its revenue to about 2.9 billion USD in 2017. The sector targets to produce 600,000 tonnes of raw cashew nuts by 2020.
Promotion programmes will be intensified, aiming to consuming about 30,000 tonnes of cashew in the domestic market by 2020, double that of 2015. Attention will be paid to building the brand name for Vietnamese cashew through encouraging enterprises to join the National Trademark programme, and foster exports.
Babafemi Oyewole, Managing Director of the African Cashew Alliance said the 128-member organisation wishes to enhance cooperation with the VCA to create high-value products. Participants to the conference focused their discussions on development strategy of the cashew sector, the international cashew market forecast , and how to improve the cashew quality and boost trade links among Vietnamese raw cashew importers.
The Vietnam Cashew Association (VINACAS) said the country targets 320,000 tonnes of cashew nut exports and 2.5 billion USD in revenue in 2015. Cashew nuts have become one of the key export staples of Vietnam’s farming sector, following rice, rubber and coffee.
Vietnam is now home to over 300,000 hectares of cashews in the southern provinces of Binh Phuoc, Ba Ria – Vung Tau and Dong Nai; Phu Yen and Binh Dinh provinces in the central region; and the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak.