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On April 8th, 2022, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and Gia Lai Provincial People's Committee held a conference on "The current situation and orientation for sustainable cassava development in Vietnam".

According to report of Department of Crop Production (MARD), in 2021, the country's cassava area will reach 528,000 hectares, mainly in five main regions, including the Northern Midlands and Mountains, the North Central Region, the South Central Coast, the Central Highlands and the East Southern.

Total cassava production in the country is estimated at nearly 10.7 million tons with an average yield of 20.3 tons/ha. The most commonly grown cassava varieties are KM94, KM95, HLS-11, KM98-1, KM140, KM419 and KM98-7...

Up to now, there are 27 provinces and cities with cassava starch processing factories and about 120 industrial-scale cassava starch processing factories, with a total design capacity of 11.3 million tons of fresh tubers/year, a total production capacity of 11.3 million tons of fresh tubers/year. actual capacity of 8.62 million tons/year.

Cassava and cassava products are one of 13 key agricultural products for export of Vietnam with an export turnover of 1.35 billion USD/year, ranking 2nd in the world, only after Thailand.

China is Vietnam's main export market, accounting for 90-94%; remaining markets such as Korea, Southeast Asia, Taiwan, Japan.

Accumulated in the first 2 months of 2022, Vietnam exported to China 494,380 tons of cassava and cassava products, worth $205.77 million, down 24% in volume and 13.8% in value over the same period. period 2021.

Mr. Nghiem Minh Tien, Standing Vice Chairman of Vietnam Cassava Association, shared: MARD and functional agencies and Vietnam Cassava Association are studying to improve the quality of cassava exports to other markets, especially the potential EU market. The problem is to develop the scale of deep processing, post-starch product processing to diversify products, only then can diversify the market. Some of the association's member businesses have brought their products to a number of countries other than China such as Belarus, Russia, Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, the Philippines, the Middle East and Africa through taking advantage of trade agreements. free trade. Therefore, this is an experience for localities and businesses to research to develop and diversify cassava products.

Deputy Minister of MARD Le Quoc Doanh affirmed that the role of cassava does not stop at poverty alleviation, but has become a commodity crop. To be able to sustainably develop cassava in the future, Mr. Le Quoc Doanh suggested that the units focus on scientific research and promote international cooperation to find new disease-free and disease-resistant cassava varieties. , thereby, contributing to reducing input production costs.

In addition, factories processing cassava and cassava products need to innovate processing technology to develop a variety of cassava products, expand the area of ​​raw materials, and thoroughly solve the problem of cassava products. waste treatment in cassava processing to ensure environmental safety. Strengthen linkages between production areas and processing factories, reorganize production and focus on developing cooperatives in cassava production areas./.