15:14 | 14/09/2015 Trade
(VEN) - According to the Vietnam Pepper Association (VPA), pepper was one of the few agricultural products to achieve high export revenues in the first seven months of the year. Pepper exports are expected to exceed US$1.1 billion this year.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, pepper exports reached an estimated 10,000 tonnes and US$104 million in July, bringing the total volume to around 98,000 tonnes and the total revenue to US$920 million in the first seven months of the year, a drop of 20.6 percent in volume and an increase of 1.9 percent in value.
The VPA said that Vietnamese pepper was found in 100 countries and territories, accounting for 58 percent of the global market. In general, pepper supply and demand this year have not had major changes compared to the previous year. According to forecasts, Vietnamese pepper would continue dominating the world market.
Black pepper has become increasingly popular in almost all markets. Vietnamese pepper currently accounts for around 30 percent and 50 percent of the world export production and export. The US, Germany, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates remain Vietnam’s biggest pepper markets.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said that Vietnam has been considered as the world’s leading pepper producer and exporter in terms of scale and quality and the Vietnamese pepper sector remains potential. The country’s pepper areas have reached around 70,000ha mainly in the southeast, the Central Highlands and the central region.
Paying attention to quality
Vietnamese pepper has still faced many limitations, especially in terms of processing. The country currently has about 13 pepper processing plants meeting high-quality standards.
Increasing pepper prices have led to an increase in cultivation areas, causing difficulties in quality control and disease treatment.
Petrolimex International Trading Joint Stock Company General Director Ha Huy Thang said that the government and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development need to plan and strictly control pepper growing areas following VietGAP standards and should use a part of official development assistance capital from the World Bank or international organizations to award farmers who have achieved high-quality standards in food safety and hygiene.
VPA Chairman Do Ha Nam said that the Vietnamese pepper sector should pay attention to improving quality and encouraging businesses to promote investment in deep processing, clean production and product and market persification in order to join the global supply chain.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has a policy to upgrade existing pepper processing plants including 14 high-quality advanced facilities, increase pepper processing capacity and invest in white pepper processing plants in order to increase the percentage of white pepper to 30 percent and increase the percentage of pepper powder to 25 percent by 2020.
Lan Anh & Quynh Nga