VCA tries to raise local consumption to 20 percent

Turnover of the agricultural produce reached US$2 billion this year, an increase of 20 percent in comparision to 2013, said chairman of Vietnam Cashew Association Nguyen Duc Thanh at a forum about cashew’s value held in Ho Chi Minh City on Dec. 1st.

However, Mr. Thanh noted that local consumption increase slightly just at 5-10 percent compared to export.

Therefore the association will coordinate with retailing association of Vietnam will promote cashew consumption in supermarket chains and stores, reaching an increase of 20 percent, he said.
Currently, around 50 cashew produce items are produced mainly for exporting, he added.

Also at the forum, Dr. Do Thi Ngoc Diep, chairman of Nutrition Association in Ho Chi Minh City said that a study on blood glucose levels in cashew showed the low glucose level in the nut in comparision to other grains such as husked brown rice or bread.

So it is useful for diabetes people and people with heart disease, she added.

By Cong Phien - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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