The Central Highlands province of Dak Lak aims to develop comprehensive irrigation systems to ensure adequate water supply for local coffee production through 2020, according to the provincial People’s Committee.

It plans to mobilise more than 15.3 trillion VND (715.4 million USD), the majority of which will be sourced from official development assistance (ODA).

The amount will cover the construction of 82 new reservoirs and pumping stations and upgrades to 271 existing ones to help reduce production costs and enhance product quality and competitiveness in domestic and international markets.

The facilities will also help increase the coverage of sustainable coffee production in a number of districts and cities by more than 74,000 hectares.

Currently, the province has nearly 204,500 hectares of coffee plants producing at least 460,000 tonnes of coffee per year. Roughly 90 percent of the output is shipped abroad, accounting for 89 percent of the total local export value.

The sector contributes more than 40 percent to the local GDP and creates jobs for hundreds of labourers./.