The first Vietnamese Coffee Day opened on December 10 at the Lam Vien Square in Da Lat, aiming to boost productivity and quality while adding value to homegrown beans.
Le Quoc Doanh, deputy minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, said at the opening ceremony that coffee was among Vietnam’s key products, accounting for a large proportion of the country’s exports.
It has contributed significantly to the nation’s poverty alleviation efforts in particular and socio-economic development in general, especially for the people in the Central Highlands, he said.
Pham S, Vice Chairman of Lam Dong Province, where Da Lat is located, said that development of the coffee industry has brought thousands of jobs for people in the Central Highlands.
The first Vietnamese Coffee Day was marked with an exhibition and several other activities including workshops to discuss ways to ensure sustainable development of the domestic coffee industry in the future.
In 2016, a total 1.78 million tonnes of coffee was exported for a turnover of US$3.4 billion. In addition to traditional coffee beans, Vietnam was able to produce roasted, ground and well-processed coffee products whose export value reached more than US$300 million.
Vietnam ranks second after Brazil as the world’s largest raw coffee exporter, with the Central Highlands region contributing to 90% of the country’s total production.
Lam Dong Province ranks second in the country for coffee cultivation and production.
Finding a niche
Experts have said that despite being the world’s second largest coffee exporter, Vietnamese coffee products are favoured for cheap prices while the product quality is not highly spoken of.
That is because Vietnamese farmers plant, grow and harvest coffee through traditional methods without applying modern, technological procedures and applications.
The exhibition on December 10 featured 30 booths of coffee and coffee machine producers from the Central Highlands and northern mountainous regions.
Even organisers gave medals to processing companies and co-operatives that have made great contributions to the domestic coffee industry.
The second Vietnamese Coffee Day will be held in Dak Nong Province in 2018.