Vietnam remains the world's largest producer and exporter of pepper
Vietnam maintains its position as the world's largest producer and exporter of pepper. This was stated at an international conference on the Vietnamese pepper sector, recently held in the Central Highlands Dak Lak province.
Speaking at the event, Vu Ba Fu, director of the Trade Promotion Agency of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, said that Vietnamese pepper exports are estimated at 220,000 tons this year, accounting for 55% of the world's total pepper production.
However, for Vietnamese pepper products to sustainably establish their position in the global market, the sector must meet international standards, especially in aspects such as chemical residues, as well as socio-economic and environmental criteria for sustainable production.
The sector must also apply technology in production management, traceability and customer communications; refocus the strategy of building an image and strengthening the presence in key markets; have specific and effective strategies to develop new products in high-end markets, Fu stressed.
Hoang Thi Lien, chairman of the Vietnam Pepper Growers Association, said the conference is an opportunity to bring buyers and sellers together and promote the image, people and potential of Dak Lak, Vietnam's key pepper growing region.
Close cooperation between exporters, processors and producers is always necessary to ensure the value and sustainability of the pepper sector, Lien says.
She noted that farmers should be in the center of attention and they themselves need to improve their knowledge in the field of agriculture.
During the conference, participants listened to an overview of the global pepper market, sustainable pepper cultivation and development strategies in line with market requirements, as well as the prospects for Vietnam's pepper industry.