15:08 | 09/01/2019 Economy
Lavifood Joint Stock Company officially put into operation its Tanifood vegetable and fruit processing plant in the southwestern province of Tay Ninh on January 6, hoping to make international-standard products for export to the US, the European Union, the Republic of Korea, Japan and Australia.
|Deputy PM Truong Hoa Binh (C) and other delegates at the inauguration ceremony - Photo: VGP|
At the inauguration ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh emphasised the importance of the plant to the country’s agriculture. He asked Lavifood leaders to better the quality of products and enhance competitive capacity to make more contributions to the agricultural product processing sector.
Provincial authorities should accompany and support the company to raise the value of vegetables, while competent ministries and sectors must continue providing assistance, and removing bottlenecks for it, he added.
According to Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong, the plant was established in a potential land with some 400,000 hectares of fertile soil, and more than 30,000 industrious farmer households.
“If there are more plants like this, Tay Ninh province will get rich from agriculture”, he stressed.
The 15-hectare Tanifood plant was constructed in Thanh Duc commune, Go Dau district, at a total cost of VND 1.78 trillion (US$76.6 million). It is the first fruit processing factory in Tay Ninh and the largest in the country.
Equipped with advanced technologies from Germany, Sweden, Italy and Japan, the plant includes a production line for fresh fruits and vegetables and heat treatment with a total capacity of 10,000 tonnes per year, a frozen fruit and vegetable production line with a capacity of 20,000 tonnes, a production line for drying, soft-drying and sublimation drying of fruits and vegetables, and a line for producing condensed fruit juice.
Pham Ngo Quoc Thang, General Director of the Lavifood JSC, said that the birth of Tanifood will help increase value of Vietnamese farm produce, and improve incomes of local farmers, from US$0.26 per square meter to US$3.6 per square meter.