The Central Highlands province of Dak Nong will invest more than 40 billion VND (1.88 million USD) in carrying out measures to help farmers develop their coffee planting in 2014-2015.

Accordingly, the area of commercial coffee trees will be expanded to 110,000 hectares from the current 98,000 hectares, while average productivity will increase from 2.3 tonnes to 2.6 tonnes of coffee beans per hectare, translating into an additional 1.2 trillion VND (56.4 million USD) in value each crop.

The province prioritises transferring advanced technologies in coffee processing to farmers and businesses, as well as building the irrigation system, storehouses and drying grounds to serve production and processing.

It also encourages farmers to grow avocado and jackfruit trees to protect coffee trees from wind and earn more money.

Dak Nong province now has about 116,000 hectares of coffee trees with a total yield of 225,000 tonnes per year.

However, as a number of local farmers plant coffee trees in unsuitable areas and don’t apply correct technologies in cultivation, productivity and economic efficiency remain poor.-VNA