Authorities of the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak have asked local farmers and businesses to focus on re-planting coffee trees to enhance the quality and productivity of the sector.

This is part of the activities to replace aged coffee trees on 16,475 hectares through 2020.

According to the plan, as many as 4,423 hectares of coffee plants will be re-planted during the rainy season this year.

Local farmers and businesses have been using high-yield seedlings supplied by the Central Highlands Institute for Agriculture and Forestry to re-plant, according to the provincial Department of Agricultural and Rural Development.

The province has zoned off nursing areas to supply high quality seeds and seedlings to meet local demand. Each year, between 5-7 tonnes of coffee seeds and more than four million seedlings are provided to local farmers and enterprises.

The plan also calls for incentives for coffee tree replacement in terms of financial support, technical assistance and infrastructure facility improvement to contribute to the sustainable development of the sector.

The Central Highlands is now home to more than 90 percent of Vietnam’s 635,000 hectares of coffee trees. The region generates 2.3-2.5 tonnes of beans every hectare and more than 1.5 million tonnes of beans every crop; productivity that is currently 2.5-3 times higher than the global average.

Vietnam's annual coffee exports exceed 3 billion USD and over 500,000 households and 1.6 million workers depend on the crop for a living.

Coffee has also contributed to the socio-economic development of the Central Highlands and a number of other localities around the country.-VNA