Ben Tre seeks ways to boost export of coconut products | Company
Ben Tre (VNA) – The southern province of Ben Tre, known as Vietnam’s coconut capital, is looking for ways to help local farmers sell coconut products amid falling prices.
Director of the Department of Industry and Commerce, Nguyen Van Be, said his department had proposed to the Provincial People’s Committee to seek support from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Ministry of Industry and Trade in this regard.
The department has helped exporters to join trade promotion delegations in foreign countries such as Turkey, Israel, South Africa, India, Pakistan and Japan to meet major distributors there.
Local businesses have also been supported to ship their products to China, the official said, adding that a number of workshops on
cross-border e-commerce will take place in early August to stimulate the export of coconut products.
At the same time, the ministry helped local businesses and the coconut sector in general to promote domestic consumption and provided advice to the People’s Committee to attract investment in the field.
With 77,000 hectares of coconuts, Ben Tre earns $350 million every year from coconut exports, which accounts for about 30% of its total export earnings.
The local agricultural sector urged farmers to develop organic coconut cultivation, which now accounts for only 20.7% of the total area, and to participate in cooperatives to develop large-scale material areas./.