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June 11, 2008

Cocoa meeting set for June 26-28

Vietnam will, for the first time, host the 11th meeting of cocoa producers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) on June 26-28 in southern Ho Chi Minh City, according to the Vietnam Cocoa Development Coordinating Committee under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Tuesday.

During the 11th Meeting of the National Focal Points for Asean Cocoa Club (ACC) on Joint Asean Cooperation in Agricultural and Forest Products Promotion Scheme, delegates from the government and private sectors will seek measures to foster intra-Asean trade on cocoa and cocoa products, said the Vietnam Cocoa Development Coordinating Committee.

The ACC, set up in 1996, involves all Asean members including Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Vietnam, home to around 10,000 hectares of cacao trees, has targeted cacao acreage of 60,000 hectares in 2010 and 80,000 hectares in 2020. The country churned out only 258 tons of dried cacao beans, of which 240 tons were exported last year, the committee said.

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