Vietnam plans to more than double the size of its planting area for arabica beans by 2020.
The country, which is already the world’s largest exporter of robusta beans and second largest coffee exporter overall behind Brazil, has announced plans to expand its existing arabica-growing region to 99,000 acres over the next eight years, according to a recent Reuters report.
“We aim to keep the area stable at (40,000 hectares) until 2030,” Pham Van Thanh, a manager in the ministry’s crops department, told a Reuters reporter.
Robusta beans currently account for 97 percent of Vietnam’s coffee exports, but a source told Reuters that the country is also planning on converting some robusta farms to arabica farms, depending on local resources.
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