The 2012 Coconut Festival themed “Ben Tre on the road to integration and development” will take place in the Mekong Delta province between April 5 and 10, reported the organisers at a press conference on April 2.

This year’s festival will put on several attractive events including an exhibition of coconut products, a trade fair highlighting the high quality of Vietnamese goods, a street carnival celebrating the future of coconuts, a seminar on how to increase the value of coconut products and a ceremony to honour coconut farmers.

It will give coconut farmers an opportunity to meet and exchange their experiences on scientific techniques and different ways of cultivation.

Coconut processing businesses will also be able to examine the range of equipment available first hand, so they can improve the quality of their products. The festival will also motivate growers to develop the industry and improve the living standards of farmers.

The festival will be also a chance for Vietnamese provinces and other countries in the Asian and Pacific Coconut Community (APCC) to showcase their brands, attract investment and open up new trading opportunities during global economic integration.-VNA