Coffee harvesting (Photo: VNA)
Dak Lak (VNA) – The Central Highlands province of Dak Lak, a coffee production hub of Vietnam, aims to double the ratio of processed products in its coffee exports, which currently account for only 7-10 percent of its total coffee bean output in a year.

According to the province’s coffee development project to 2020, Dak Lak aims to increase the proportion of powder and instant coffee in coffee sales in both domestic and foreign markets to 14-15 percent of each year’s crop, raising added value and improve farmers’ income.

The province has issued policies to encourage enterprises to invest in coffee processing factories with a capacity from 700 tonnes per year.

Along with the support policies, the province has help local firms expand export market for powder and instant coffee, and cooperate with domestic and foreign partners. It has also paid attention to promoting local coffee trademarks through trade fairs and promotion events.

However, besides factories run by a few giant coffee firms such as Trung Nguyen, Nam Nguyen and An Thai, the majority of coffee processing facilities in Dak Lak remain small-scale, with out-of-dated equipment.

Dak Lak has 204,000 hectares of coffee farm, with an output of 450,000 tonnes of coffee beans each year.-VNA