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Nearly half a million dong a kilogram of seaweed in Vietnam

Updated Dec 1, 2022
Compared to the "ocean's nest", dried seaweed - a specialty of the sea, is usually available all year round, but the quantity is not much. This type of seaweed, after being dried and processed, is currently sold by production units for 400,000-500,000 VND per kg. This price also increased by 30% compared to the same period last year. Ms. Hoa, the owner of a food store in District 5 (HCMC), said that seaweed is quite attractive to customers. Each time she imported about 1-2 quintals, but they were all bought by customers. "I am placing an order for Tet about 300 kg, but by now 70% of customers have ordered to make salad or cook tea," Ms. Hoa said. As a unit that collects tens of tons of dried cartilage seaweed every year in Phan Rang, Ms. Huynh Thi My Oanh - Deputy Director of Canh Trang Trading and Service Co., Ltd. said that every 8 kg of fresh seaweed is 1 kg of dried. After clean processing, the drying rate of the finished product continues to decrease. Cartilage is most abundant in the spring months, so at this time the output is low, making the price high and expensive.
According to local people in the sea areas of Phan Rang and Phu Yen, this year the weather is not favorable, so the cultivated seaweed has a low yield. Currently, the price of one ton at the untreated barn is 45-47 million VND, double the same period last year. The harvest of Ms. Ve's family (who cultivates cartilage in Phan Rang beach) this year decreased by two-thirds compared to the same period last year. But thanks to the high price, this year's crop, she still earned nearly 50 million dong from selling cartilage. Similarly, Mr. Thao, another farmer also in Phan Rang, boasted that this year he earned 100 million VND from this species because he did not have to worry about the output. "Traders bring cars to the place of purchase, they buy as much as they can without choosing," he said. Cartilaginous seaweed is widely grown in some central coastal provinces such as Ninh Thuan, Khanh Hoa, Phu Yen, and Binh ...
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