Cashews: Vietnam about to face a raw material problem

June 28, 2021 12:11 PM, Der AUDITOR
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HANOI. As African exporting countries increasingly aim to process the RCN harvested there themselves, raw nut shipments to Vietnam will decrease in the coming years. The country itself will hardly be able to compensate for this deficit.

Acreage to be expanded

For 15 years now, Vietnam has been the world's most important exporter of cashew kernels. Thanks to advanced processing technologies, the export value could be increased continuously. Now, however, the country is facing new difficulties. A good 60% of the RCN are still imported, which corresponds to a quantity of about 1.4 million mt, mainly from African countries. Vietnam itself harvested about 350,000 mt in 2020, with an average yield of 1.25 mt/ha on an acreage of 300,000 ha. If the country were to try to meet its entire demand fo

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