A newly established plant producing cinnamon products has enabled thousands of locals in Tra Bong district, Quang Ngai province to make a living from their popular plants, revealed Tra Bong People’s Committee Chairman Nguyen Xuan Bac.

The Quang Ngai Cinnamon Essential Oil JSC funded the facility, costing more than 44 billion VND (2 million USD), and plans to spend some additional 20 billion VND (930,232 USD) to improve local plantations.

The factory is capable of producing 80 tonnes of oil each year, requiring 10,000 tonnes of materials including the tree’s leaves and twigs. The materials are purchased from farmers through the company’s agencies for 2,800 VND (0.13 USD) per kilogramme.

After the oil-extracting process, discarded matter will be used to make organic fertilizers and incense powder, preventing unnecessary waste.

Quang Ngai ranks second nationwide in cinnamon plantation area with 7,000 hectares. If the trend of plantation expansion by 80-100 hectares each year continues, it will reach approximately 16,000 hectares in 2020.-VNA