According to the old leaders of the village, Thut Soup is a traditional dish which holds an important position in the lives of the M’Nong ethnic group.
When international market pressures challenged Vietnamese farmers to adopt good agricultural practices and produce organic pepper, many responded positively.
VOV.VN - Vietnam exported 8,800 tons of pepper to Pakistan to earn more than US$36 million last year, according to Vietnam Trade Office in Pakistan.
The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) has not found evidence supporting accusations by the Vietnam’s Pepper Association (VPA) of price manipulation by foreign traders in the pepper market.
VOV.VN - Do Ha Nam, chair of the Vietnam Pepper Association, who was up until recently bullish about the black pepper market, has now turned bearish, advising farmers to hold off from selling if they can.
Domestic pepper prices have been fluctuating abnormally from late July until now, with the VPA blaming price manipulating measures used by Chinese businesses.
The price of pepper in Vietnam has gone up and down recently, allegedly due to unexpected Chinese purchases.
VOV.VN - Signalling a positive momentum in the Central Highlands region, local authorities have approved approximately US$4 billion of future investment in the region during the first half of 2016.
VOV.VN - As consumers enjoy fresh, local fruit and vegetables this summer, farmers and producers can expect lower earnings from the fruits of their labour, say leading industry analysts.
Major agricultural products enjoyed a rise in export value in the first half of this year despite a fall in volume, according to the General Department of Vietnam Customs.
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.
Export turnover of agro-forestry-aquatic products hit US$2.97 billion in June, bringing the six-month figure to US$17.1 billion, up 13.1 percent year-on-year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Vietnam's pepper shipments are forecast to reach around 101,000 tons for the first six months of 2017, up 13% on-year, but revenue is likely to fall 13%, according to Vietnam Pepper Association (VPA)'s chairman Do Ha Nam.
Over the last ten days, pepper prices have fallen from an already low VND82,000 (US$3.65 USD) to VND72,000 (US$3.21) per kilogramme, but pepper farmers in the Central Highlands continue to hold out for higher prices.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) will soon issue Production Unit Codes (PUCs) to areas that qualify to produce peppers for export, said Deputy Minister Le Quoc Doanh on June 8.
Measures to develop the pepper sector sustainably were discussed at a forum jointly held by the National Agricultural Extension Centre (NAEC) and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of Dak Nong on June 7.
The southern province of Dong Nai shipped goods worth nearly US$1.8 billion to the US in the first five months of 2017, according to the provincial Department of Industry and Trade.
Industry leaders have called on distraught and anxious pepper farmers to remain calm and refrain from selling their produce at low prices, saying the current price plunge is most likely a fleeting phenomenon.
The price of black pepper in the Central Highlands provinces has continued to plummet, hitting VND80,000 – 82,000 per kg, a low record in the last seven years.
Links between enterprises and coffee and pepper farmers need to be enhanced to improve the economic value and competitiveness of the two products.