By VIET NAM NEWS
ASIA NEWS NETWORK
This year’s fair has attracted 234 businesses with 735 booths displaying mostly coffee and coffee-related products.
Twelve of the exhibitors are foreign businesses with 58 booths. Many specialties from regional areas are also being presented.
Also on display are auxiliary products, machinery and equipment for production and processing of coffee as well as an array of consumer goods produced in the Central Highlands region.
Organisers said the fair is an opportunity for businesses, state agencies, scientists and farmers to exchange ideas and promote trade and investment,
They also said that the fair, which is bigger than previous coffee festivals, would create conditions for manufacturers to promote their business, advertise coffee brands and attract domestic and foreign tourists to learn about and enjoy coffee products from the Central Highlands.
At the fair, local and foreign tourists will also enjoy cultural and art performances by ethnic minority communities.
Bui Huy Son, head of the Trade Promotion Department of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, said the ministry was working closely with Dak Lak province, the Coffee and Cacao Association and businesses to support the development of the Vietnamese coffee |industry.
Coffee is one of Vietnam’s major export products, he said.
Vietnam has exported 1.2 million to 1.5 million tonnes of coffee each year during the last decade. It ranks second in the world for coffee exports, after Brazil.
Coffee is grown widely in many areas in Dak Lak province, and its capital Buon Ma Thuot is renowned for producing coffee of high quality and distinct taste.
The fair is part of the Coffee Festival 2017, organised by the Southwestern Region Steering Committee and Dak Lak Province’s People’s Committee.