Cassava exporters still worry though got great achievementUpdate: 12/19/2012
Through 11 months of 2012, export of cassava and cassava products has reached $ 1,226 million, higher than the record ($ 960 million) was achieved in 2011.
Compared with the same period last year, exports of cassava has increased by 38.8%, more than double the growth rate of the country's total; this is the fourth highest growth rate in the major export items. Compared with the same period last year, turn over increased $ 343 million, the ninth highest in the absolute commodity turnover increased.
The total export volume in the first 11 months was quite high (approximately 3.9 million tons, up 58.8%).
Cassava exports reached high results due to many factors. Cassava planting area is quite large (2011 reached 560.000ha, nearly 2.4 times higher than in 2000) ...
Cassava production in 2011 totaled 9.87 million tons, nearly 5 times higher than in 2000, double the growth rate of the planted area, demonstrated by high export along with the expansion of the area of care is increasing productivity.
Price cassava exports in 2011 reached $ 275.9 / t and 473.6 USD / ton of cassava products. That's pretty high price. Export market for cassava and cassava products is China's largest (10 months reached 985 million, accounting for 87% of the total, followed by South Korea 39 million, Taiwan $ 29 million, Philippines 16.9 million , Malaysia 10.4 million, ...
Although cassava exports achieve these results, but more worry than happiness. Cassava planted area has expanded greatly in the types of crops (in 2011 accounted for 4.9% of the total area planted with annual crops, less rice, maize). In provinces with large area and production of cassava is Tay Ninh, Gia Lai, Kon Tum, Dak Lak, Binh Phuoc ... are local may be suitable for the growing of crops with high export value and more sustainable.
While cassava on sloping land holding water, soil retention, soil quickly faded. It is important export market is too focused on China, but a lesson learned in exports is to avoid "put your eggs in one basket" because often unstable, prone to "glitches" or exports, or about the price, making the cassava vulnerable ...
So, do not expand the planted area of cassava; should not be too focused on a market; need to speed up the processing and consumption in the country, in order to increase the added value and foreign exchange earnings.