Export of cassava starch to China stagnates, cassava growers dash
With a total area of over 40,000 hectares, Kon Tum is the largest cassava area in the Central Highlands. This crop is also an important source of income for tens of thousands of poor and near poor households in the locality.
However, this year, due to the export of cassava starch is difficult, the enterprises purchasing cassava material at cheap prices makes cassava farmers lose revenue and risk losing the Lunar New Year.
In spite of the harvest time, six cassava starch processing plants in Ngoc Hoi, Dak To, Dak Ha and Sa Thay districts in Kon Tum province are producing very modestly. Buying prices of fresh cassava roots of the factory only from 1,200 to over 1300 VND / kg, the lowest in the last 2 years.
Mr. Huynh Nam Giang, Vice Director of Tay Nguyen Tapioca Factory, said that the cause of the low cost of production and the low cost of raw materials was due to the export of tapioca starch to China, the main consumption market is almost stagnant.
\\\\\\\"This year, Thailand has won the cassava season with high technology, low production cost, so Vietnam also has to sell cassava cheap. While in the Chinese market, the price of corn flour is cheap, so the factories have taken corn meal instead of cassava powder, making the market of cassava in Vietnam difficult, \\\\\\\"said Giang.
With cassava as raw material, the cassava growers in Kon Tum are at a loss or accepting \\\\\\\"profit-making\\\\\\\". Le Anh Cuong, Dak B\\\\\\\'rong village, Chu H\\\\\\\'reng commune, Kon Tum city said that the family invested 5 sao of cassava, collected over 14 tons of bulbs, sold to traders only for 900 VND kg. Deducting capital, fertilizer, care and spit is just fine.
\\\\\\\"There are no cassavas for cultivation on high hills. Especially for spit work, the transport down is accounted for more than 50% of the cost, \\\\\\\"Cuong shared.
The farmers have not been able to compensate for the loss due to the lack of transportation and the price of cassava.
In the area of districts far from the factory, such as Kon Plong, Tu Mo Rong and Dak Glei, villagers can only sell cassava at prices ranging from 800-1,000 VND / kg, even in difficult traffic areas. 500 - 700 VND / kg. Cassava is dropping so many farmers no longer want to harvest.
Mr. Hoang Nghia Tri, Vice Chairman of the People\\\\\\\'s Committee of Dak Ha district - a province with more than 4,000ha cassava, said that the cost of cassava cultivation until the harvest is not profitable.
\\\\\\\"The price of cassava is low if people do not harvest life will be difficult, but harvest to sell people are not salty, but because of the sale of cassava also no words,\\\\\\\" Tri said.
An important source of income for tens of thousands of poor and near poor households in Kon Tum province, the drop in prices is making people\\\\\\\'s lives difficult.
Along with people having no money for Tet, local authorities of Kon Tum province have other big concerns, such as the situation in which people have difficulty borrowing money. high interest rates, or advance payment for agricultural products at low prices; Thefts, such as theft, illegal harvesting of forest products, are likely to arise.
Mr. Nguyen Van Hung, Chairman of People\\\\\\\'s Committee of Chu H\\\\\\\'reng Commune, Kon Tum City said that the authorities are worried about many issues, especially in villages where people depend mainly on agricultural production. Farm products down the price affect the lives of people as well as lead to many problems of social evils.
It is determined that the crop of the poor, in accordance with the level of cultivation of people, especially ethnic minorities, in the past years the area of cassava in Kon Tum province is constantly expanding.
Existing over 40,000ha of cassava is available, the locality is actively carrying out conversion of a significant area of wet rice often drought to plant this plant. But before the prospect of additional bitter season, it seems that people have less salty.
Source: Khoa Diem / VOV-Tay Nguyen