Gia Lai develops coffee on sustainable basis

16:04 | 18/11/2016 Society

(VEN) - About 209,000 tonnes of coffee beans were produced in Gia Lai Province annually, part of which was exported, with the remainder still existing as inventory.

Gia Lai develops coffee on sustainable basis

Removing difficulties for enterprises

The statistics showed that Gia Lai exported US$245.47 million worth of coffee in the first eight months of this year, accounting for 61.42 percent of the year’s target and increasing by 22.2 percent from the same period last year, while the 2016 target is US$400 million.

The Gia Lai Province Department of Industry and Trade said that province-based businesses succeeded in terms of export price and volume when the market was favorable but encountered difficulties in export when the market was unfavorable. The department attributed this to the lack of reputation and brands.

Gia Lai Province People’s Committee Deputy Chairman Nguyen Duc Hoang believed that it is necessary to open trade promotion events to look for experienced, capable investors in the field of processing, especially refinery, in order to add value to products and gain recognition in foreign markets. At the same time, tax and customs authorities and banks need to simplify procedures and facilitate businesses to enable businesses to access capital for intensive investment in increasing product value and developing brands in domestic and foreign markets.

Promoting sustainable development

Gia Lai currently has 93,100ha of coffee, most of which are low-yield, old-tree areas. Gia Lai and other provinces in the region are implementing the Vietnam Sustainable Agriculture Transformation (VnSAT) project financed by the World Bank (WB) until 2020. The province currently performs two main modules of the project - sustainable coffee development and project management. VnSAT Gia Lai Management Unit said that it did a good job in implementing the project. The unit held seminars in the city of Pleiku and three districts as the project’s beneficiaries; prepared overall action and capital disbursement plans; and established 10 demonstration models for sustainable coffee production and five sustainable coffee replanting models.

The project enabled farmers to access new production methods, shifting from unsustainable cultivation to sustainable farming practices, contributing to improving coffee yield and quality in Gia Lai, and minimizing the impact on the environment.

The Gia Lai Province People’s Committee decided to kick off a VND2.075-trillion coffee replanting and rehabilitation program in the 2016-2020 period. The province will replant 13,610ha of coffee and rehabilitate other 50ha in the districts of Ia Grai, Chu Pah, Chu Prong, Chu Se, Dak Doa, Duc Co, Chu Puh, Kbang, Mang Yang, and the city of Pleiku. Robusta coffee variety licensed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will be used for the replanting and rehabilitation. The project was designed to increase coffee yield in Gia Lai to 3,200-3,500kg/ha in 2020 and make more than 80 percent of fresh coffee beans meet standard TCVN9872-2012.

The project is also expected to improve coffee quality and efficiency and form sustainable coffee cultivation areas.
VnSAT Gia Lai took places in Dak Doa, Chu Prong and Ia Grai districts with 26 communes, which have benefited from capital of about VND175.7 billion (non-credit funding), comprising VND111 billion in International Development Association (IDA) capital (World Bank), VND35 billion in counterpart funds, and VND32 billion from the private sector.


Hoang Anh Phuong