By Mai Ngoc Chau
(Bloomberg) -- Weekend flooding in Vietnam has spared most coffee-growing areas of Gia Lai, Dak Lak and Kon Tum provinces in Central Highlands, according to Trinh Duc Minh, head of the Buon Ma Thuot Coffee Association.
The flooding, caused by heavy rains and discharge of water from reservoirs and dams, has hit low-lying areas and mainly impacted rice, vegetable and corn fields, Minh said by phone
Coffee-growing areas of Dak Lak, which accounts for about 30% of Vietnam’s production, have seen “no considerable damage,” said Le Tien Hung, chairman of Simexco Dak Lak, the nation’s second-biggest coffee exporter
Hung said he hasn’t heard of coffee crop damage in Gia Lai and Kon Tum provinces
Rains have stopped in most areas of Central Highlands since Monday morning; selective harvesting may start later this month or in early November, both Hung and Minh said
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