Mai Son Coffee Festival, promoting traditional features and local products, was organised in Mai Son District, Son La Province on October 27.
Harvesting coffee in Mai Son District (Photo: baosonla.org.vn)
The event offered visitors a chance to enjoy the space imbued with traditional cultural identity of the ethnic groups in Son La such as folk games, sport competitions. Meanwhile the participants also learned about the coffee products and agricultural products of Son La through booths at the festival.
On the occasion, People’s Committee of Mai Son district announced geographical indication of Son La coffee.
According to Mr. Tran Dac Thang, Chairman of People’s Committee of Mai Son District, said that at present, Son La Province has over 12,000 hectares of coffee. In particular, coffee area in Mai Son district accounts for nearly 34%, with 4,200 hectares.Coffee plantations concentrated in nine communes of Mai Son District, including Chieng Mung, Chieng Ban, Chieng Mai, Chieng Chung, Muong Chanh, Chieng Dong, Chieng Kheo, Chieng Ve and Na Ot, he said.
Around 80% of the coffee produced in Son La is exported to the US, Japan and many other countries. Reputation of Arabica Son La coffee has been confirmed as one of the two major coffee producing regions in Viet Nam.
Earlier, construction of a coffee factory has commenced at Chieng Mung Commune, Mai Son District, with a total investment of over VND 48.6 billion. The factory will cover an area of more than three hectares at Mat Village, Chieng Mung Commune. The project is scheduled to be completed after eight months of construction.