A view at the conference to enhance cooperation in safe and sustainable pepper production in Dak Nong. (Photo: VNA)

Dak Nong (VNA) – The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) will soon issue Production Unit Codes (PUCs) to areas that qualify to produce peppers for export, said Deputy Minister Le Quoc Doanh on June 8.

Doanh made the remarks at a conference in the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong to enhance cooperation in safe and sustainable pepper production.

The deputy minister said provinces where pepper farming is a key industry should back local producers with incentives to encourage production affiliations to develop large-scale, high-quality pepper farms.

The MARD will study feasible policies to support businesses involving in such affiliations, especially input suppliers and pepper producers, he added.

He also stressed the importance to raise awareness of VietGAP and GlobalGAP standards among farmers for made-in-Vietnam farm products to meet increasing demands of foreign markets.

It was estimated that Vietnam has over 126,000 hectares of peppers, mostly in the Central Highlands and the South-eastern region. The country is now the world’s leader in output and productivity.

The Central Highlands posted an average yield of 2.86 tonnes per hectare per crop, the highest in the country while Gia Lai had the highest yield of the region, 41.2 tonnes per hectare per crop. In some farms, yield could reach to 10 tonnes per hectare.-VNA