Nestles agricultural experts instruct farmers in uploading their farming diary onto an app. — Photo courtesy of Nestle Though Viet Nam is the worlds largest producer of robusta coffee, the industry faces several challenges in the country which threaten its long-term development, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. The quality of Vietnamese coffee is still modest as most farmers use traditional methods rather than modern technology, Dr Nguyen Do Anh Tuan, director general of the ministrys international cooperation department, said. Ageing plants have also affected coffee output and quality, he said. Global coffee prices have dropped by 40 per cent since 2010, and people have cut investment in coffee farming, resulting in a fall in output, he added. Luong Van Tu, chairman of the Viet Nam Coffee and Cocoa Association, said the 2019-2020 crop is likely to see output fall by 20 per cent. Since 2011, Nestle has been proactive in presenting solutions and undertaking concrete activities to support the sustainable development of the Vietnamese coffee industry via its NESCAFE Plan. The global NESCAFE Plan initiative has been deployed by Nestle since 2010 in more than 10 countries to bring sustainable value to coffee growers, communities and… Read full this story
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