Intensive processing enhances spice export value: Experts

A world-leading spice exporter with a revenue of some 1.5 billion USD every year, Vietnam should bolster intensive processing and trade promotion to increase added values, experts have said.

According to the Vietnam Pepper and Spice Association (VPSA), the country earned 322.7 million USD from shipping 87,400 tonnes of spices abroad in Q1, a year-on-year fall of 4.8 per cent and 24.1 per cent, respectively.

Intensive processing enhances spice export value: insiders
A farmer is harvesting his pepper. (Source: VNA)

Except for chili which witnessed a surge of 17.6 per cent in export volume and 52.8 per cent in value, shipments of key products like pepper, cinnamon, anise, ginger, and cardamom experienced a sharp fall in both quantity and value.

Vietnamese spices have been present in more than 120 countries and territories worldwide, and set a foothold in many important markets such as the US, the European Union, India, and China. However, export revenue to India and China has been on a downward trend.

Known as Vietnam’s cinnamon capital, Yen Bai province boasts more than 86,000 hectares of cinnamon-growing area, 14,000 hectares of which get an international organic cinnamon certificate.

According to Deputy Director of the Provincial Department of Industry and Trade Nguyen Dinh Chien, local cinnamon products have been present in more than 30 markets, including China, the Republic of Korea, Japan, Egypt, the US, Russia, and the UK. However, major investments have not been made in the production and processing chains, making cinnamon products fail to meet the requirements of both domestic and foreign markets.

Regarding pepper, the Department of Industry and Trade of Binh Phuoc province said as the export value of the products in 2023 fell 45 per cent year-on-year to only 26 million USD, it is necessary to develop high-quality and organic cultivation areas and focus on intensive processing.

President of the VPSA Hoang Thi Lien said trade promotion also has an important role to play in helping Vietnamese spices reach out to the world.

The association is building a strategy for sustainable market development while popularising the Vietnamese spices, she said, adding it will support member enterprises to expand trade opportunities at large international exhibitions.

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(Source: VNA)