Attending the meeting were Mr. Nguyen Van Minh - Vice President Coconut Association of Vietnam, Ms Pham Thi Han - Deputy Director of Ben Tre Department of Industry and Trade, Mr Nguyen Trung Chuong - Deputy Director of Developing business with the rural poor Project of Ben Tre Province (DBRP Ben Tre) and leader / leaders representing units: Committee of the Vietnam Fatherland Front in Ben Tre province, Vietnam Union of Science and Technology, Ben Tre Farmers Association; Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Industry and Trade, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Department of Science and Technology, PPMU of DBRP Ben Tre Project and Commune People’s Committee of Binh Chau commune (Giong Trom District), Commune People's Committee of Dinh Thuy commune (Mo Cay Nam district) are the communes have plans to build the linking model for consumption of coconut fruit.
The participants in conference included: the members of the Executive Committee of BTCA; the enterprises are members of BTCA; headers of plantation branch of communes.
The chairman of conference was Mr Ho Vinh Sang – President of BTCA.
In 2013, BTCA has cooperated with the levels and sectors to carry out the projects and programes of the provines, and integrated with the activities of BTCA in order to develop coconut industry effectively and sustainably.
The plantation branch continued to be strengthen and enhance the quality in operation. Up to now, there are 43 plantation branches with 1,077 members, 5 communes have 45 linking groups with 2,044 members. These branches and groups that participated in training courses have changed their awareness and working style; the linking models in manufacture, puchasing, and processing coconut fruit have achieved initial results, contributing to creat jobs, increase income for the rural labours, supply materials for processing; and they reflect opinions of the members, suggest the proposals and recommends to Excutive Committee; cooperate with Farmers Union in communes in implement policies for supporting coconut planting farmers.
During the year, although the coconut processing and business have difficulties, but the enterprises have tried to maintain their operation. Some emterprises invested to innovate technology and develop many new products such as: virgin coconut oil, canned coconut water, virgin coconut jelly, compressed activated carbon, coconut milk, met more and more the needs of domestic and foreign customers. Some products have increase quite on quantity, as: coconut milk increased 58.55%; activated carbon increased 46.29% over the same period. Particalar, coconut charcoal exceeds 4.28% of the plan ...
The exported products that increased quitely over the same period are: activated carbon was 7,520 tons, increased 34.35%; coconut milk was 33,790 tons, increased 37.74%. Although in the processing industry, the product structure is more and more diverse but the development is not commensurate with potentials and advantages of industry. Many enterprises have difficulties in production because they have not been proactive in balance material, output market, in some enterprise, performance is not high, some products have reduced quantity such as: desiccated coconut reduced 38.6% over the same period and reached 72.47% of plan; the exported products reduced: coconut shell charcoal exported 4,511 tons, reached 60.13%; desiccated coconut exported 13,171 tons, reduced 44.12% over the same period, the main cause is due to lack of raw materials for production and market demands decreased, the price is not stable, the world market common ground price decreased, while price of inputs always fluctuated and increased and facing the competiton with the countries in the area have the same sectors.
In 2014, BTCA will strengthen the role of association in linking enterprises and play “bridge” function between State and enterprises. BTCA will link enterprises to coconut plantation branches, solve benefit issues between material suppliers and coconut products comsumers in order to get the goal for developing manufacture and coconut comsumption, distribute to increase the coconut value chain.