Dec 10 designated Vietnam Coffee Day

A man checks roasted coffee beans at a factory in Hanoi on Nov 22, 2016.
A man checks roasted coffee beans at a factory in Hanoi on Nov 22, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS

HO CHI MINH CITY (VIETNAM NEWS/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) — The Vietnam Coffee and Cocoa Association will celebrate the first Vietnam Coffee Day, Dec 10, at the Youth Cultural House in Ho Chi Minh City.

To mark the great contributions made by the coffee industry to the country’s development, the Government has designated Dec 10, the day President Ho Chi Minh visited Dong Hieu coffee farm in Nghe An Province in 1961, as Vietnam Coffee Day, Luong Van Tu, the association’s chairman, said.

A seminar on the future of the coffee industry will be organised on the sidelines of the event and the announcement of the list of prestigious coffee producing and processing enterprises would be made, he said.

The association will also organise the 2016 coffee advertisement and coffee enjoying cultural festival at the same venue, the Youth Cultural House, from Dec 9 to 11 to promote coffee consumption in the domestic market and introduce Vietnam’s coffee products to foreigners, he said.

Vietnam expects to earn US$3.7 billion (S$5.2 billion) from coffee exports this year, a year-on-year increase of US$300 million, he said.

Vietnam accounts for 15 per cent of the world’s exports and is the second largest exporter after only Brazil.

The coffee industry has carried out a restructuring programme to improve its competitiveness by raising productivity, quality and value.

Under the programme, the country will keep the area under coffee cultivation at 600,000ha and focus on planting new trees with higher productivity and quality, Tu said.

The industry would work to increase the export of processed coffee to achieve revenues of US$5 billion to US$6 billion by 2030, he said.

Mr Do Ha Nam, the association’s deputy chairman, said Asia and Africa are promising markets for Vietnamese coffee and exporters are targeting these markets.

China, for instance, has high demand for coffee and many Vietnamese companies like Trung Nguyen and Vinacafe have achieved great success in the market, he said.

In response to the growing trend of sustainable coffee consumption in the global market, the sector has reformed to produce more sustainably, he said.

Coffee cultivation areas that meet 4C (Common Code for Coffee Community) standards, GTZ and UTZ account for 60 per cent of the total cultivation area, he added.