Vietnam maintains its position as the world’s largest pepper producer and exporter, heard an international conference on the Vietnamese pepper sector held in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak on November 9-10.
Addressing the event, the Director of the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s Trade Promotion Agency Vu Ba Phu said that this year, Vietnam’s pepper export is estimated at 220,000 tonnes, accounting for 55% of the world’s total pepper output.
However, in order for Vietnam's pepper products to affirm their position in the world market in a sustainable way, the sector needs to conform to international standards, especially in aspects such as chemical residues, and socio-economic and environmentally sustainable production criteria.
The sector also needs to apply technologies in production management, traceability, and customer connection; re-orient the strategy of building the image and strengthening the presence in key markets; and have specific and effective strategies for developing new products in high-end markets, emphasized Phu.
Hoang Thi Lien, President of the Vietnam Pepper Association, said that the conference is an opportunity to connect buyers and sellers and promote the image, people, and potential of Dak Lak – Vietnam’s key pepper growing locality.
According to Lien, to ensure the value and sustainable development of the pepper sector, close cooperation between exporters, processors, and producers is always needed.
Farmers must be placed at the center and they themselves need to improve their farming knowledge, she noted.
During the two-day conference, participants listened to an overview of the global pepper market, sustainable pepper farming, and development strategies in accordance with market requirements, and prospects for Vietnam's pepper industry.