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Vietnam’s Dak Lak sees coffee production slightly down in 2018/19

MILAN – Coffee production in Dak Lak, Vietnam’s biggest coffee-growing province, is seen falling to 410,000 tonnes (6.83 mln 60-kg bags) in 2018/19 from 420,000 tonnes (7 mln bags) in 2017/18, according to Trinh Duc Minh, chief of Buon Ma Thuot Coffee Association.

Vietnamese farmers held back from selling coffee beans this week due to low prices after harvest ended last month, while trading in Indonesia remained muted due to a lack of supply.

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Farmers in the Central Highlands, Vietnam’s largest coffee growing area, sold their beans at 32,400 dong-33,300 dong ($1.40-$1.43) per kg on Thursday, compared with 32,200 dong-33,400 dong a week ago, a trader based in the province of Dak Lak said.

Meanwhile, weather was good and farmers had sufficient water supply for trees in the Central Highlands. Some trees in the area have begun to blossom.

Vietnam’s provincial weather office said last Friday that rain in Vietnam’s Central Highlands, the country’s largest coffee-growing region, will be lower than the historical average though the end of this month.