Provinces in the Central Highlands have set a target of harvesting more than 1 million tonnes of coffee in the 2013-2014 crop.

According to the Central Highlands Steering Committee, the region has almost 552,000 hectares of coffee plants. Dak Lak boasts the largest area with 202,000 ha, which produce 450,000 tonnes of beans.

Vietnam had more than 622,000 ha of coffee with an average yield of 2.35 tonnes per hectare at the end of last year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The country has an estimated 86,000 ha of coffee plants that are more than 20 years old.

In the first six months of this year, Vietnam exported about 91,000 tonnes of coffee.

Last year, the country shipped 1.73 million tonnes, bagging a the total export value of roughly 3.8 billion USD.

Vietnam surpassed Brazil to become the biggest coffee exporter at the beginning of 2012’s third quarter.-VNA