A Macadamia tree. (Source: VNA)

Hanoi​ (VNA) – The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on April 5 approved a plan to develop Macadamia farming in the northwestern and Central Highlands regions by 2020.

The plan will give directions to localities in the two regions on scale and processing facilities to sustainably develop Macadamia nut production.

By 2020 Macadamia nut fields in the two regions will span 9,940 hectares.

The plan also set a target of building 12 more processing facilities with a capacity of 50-200 tonnes each in the regions.

By 2030, Macadamia plants will cover 34,500 hectares, 7,000 hectares of which is dedicated only to the tree. Of the dedicated area, the Northwestern region will have 4,800 hectares.

The number of processing facilities in both regions will increase to 30, 20 of which will be in the Central Highlands.

The MARD encourages localities in the planned region to develop saplings locally and carry out market research. Farmers are advised to use modern methods of farming.

Macadamia is a genus of four species of trees indigenous to Australia. The trees are native to northeastern New South Wales, and central and south eastern Queensland. -VNA