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Avocados and Durians Help Coffee Farmers Cope With Surging Costs

  • Vietnam’s output may fall 10% next season on costly fertilizer
  • Country buys crop nutrients from Ukraine, Russia and Belarus

Coffee growers in top producer Vietnam are planting more profitable crops like avocados, black pepper and durians, which is helping them cope with the soaring fertilizer and fuel costs caused by the war in Ukraine.

Even with the extra income from these additional crops, farmers are still having to cut back investment in their coffee trees, which may lead to a 10% drop in production next season from a year earlier, said Nguyen Nam Hai, the new chair of the Vietnam Coffee and Cocoa Association.