Vietnam targets US$4 billion from cashew exports in 2020

Tuesday, 2019-12-24 10:02:25
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Processing cashew nuts for export (Source: VNA)
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NDO/VNA – Vietnam’s cashew sector aims to earn US$4 billion in export turnover in 2020.

According to the Vietnam Cashew Association (Vinacas), the sector will focus on deep processing, improving quality and diversifying products towards realising the goal.

In 2019, the sector imported over 1.5 million tonnes of raw materials, mostly from Africa, to meet its processing and production demand.

Mergers and acquisitions have also taken place this year with more and more large-scale enterprises operating in the industry, the association said.

By the end of November, Vietnamese businesses had shipped more than 418,000 tonnes of cashew abroad for almost US$3 billion, while this year’s targets are 450,000 tonnes and US$3.5 billion.

The US is still the biggest importer of Vietnamese cashew nuts, followed by China and the Netherlands.

Data from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development shows that the agriculture sector enjoyed a trade surplus of US$8.8 billion in the first 11 months.

The country earned US$37.3 billion from the export of farm produce and forestry and aquatic products during the period, a year-on-year increase of 3.6%. Meanwhile, US$28.5 billion was spent on agro-forestry-fishery imports, down 0.7%.

China remained the largest buyer of agricultural products from Vietnam, accounting for 26.9% of total exports, followed by the US, the EU, ASEAN and Japan.