​Cassava exports, prices jump on surging China demand

By Thuy Tien   March 23, 2021 | 05:11 am PT
​Cassava exports, prices jump on surging China demand
Farmers harvesting cassava in the central province of Binh Thuan, January 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Viet Quoc.
Vietnam exported $256 million worth of cassava and cassava products in the first two months of the year, a 77.9 percent year-on-year increase, with China being the biggest market.

China accounted for over 95 percent of exports in January, with prices rising by 69 percent year-on-year to $242.2 per ton.

According to the Vietnam Cassava Association, a number of local processing factories face a short supply though the harvest season has begun.

Local prices are expected to reach record levels by the end of the harvest since most of it would be exported to China at high prices, which have reached $270 FOB at Quy Nhon Port.

China has huge demand for cassava as a replacement for corn, whose global prices are surging, to feed pigs.

"According to figures compiled by China Customs, Chinese imports of cassava chips increased by 22 percent last year to $782.85 million, while cassava starch imports rose 16.1 percent to $1.13 billion.

Last year, Vietnam’s cassava and related product exports reached $989 million, a year-on-year increase of 2.4 percent. Their average export price was $358.3 per ton, down 6 percent."


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