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Thursday, 12 January 2012

Viet Nam improves lacquer production with technical assistance from UNIDO

PHU THO, Viet Nam, 12 January 2012 - Chinese experiences and practices in lacquer cultivation, tapping, processing and production were shared at a seminar that ended in Tam Nong district, Phu Tho province today.

Co-organised by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of the northern province of Phu Tho, the seminar introduced new techniques on the utilization and processing of lacquer berries to make wax products.
Lacquer production has a long history in Phu Tho, and mainly in the districts of Tam Nong, Thanh Thuy, Thanh Ba, Lam Thao and Phu Ninh. However, in the latter part of the nineteen eighties and mid nineties, lacquer ware producers from Viet Nam lost access to the Eastern Europe market. Lacquer has since then mainly been exported as raw material to China.

Professor Wang Chengzhang,  the Head of the Department of Plant Extract Research, Institute of Chemical Industry of Forest Products, and the Chinese Academy of Forestry, offered participants practical recommendations, including on the selection of high-productivity seedlings, cultivation and harvest of lacquer sap,  as well as on the use of certain tools, and on processing of raw lacquer sap.

He also suggested producing by-products using berries from the lacquer tree such as wax, candles, and cosmetics to generate additional income for lacquer tree farmers. In addition, relevant advice was provided to reduce the drying time of lacquer ware products made from natural lacquer, which is often cited as one of the main constraints to the use of natural lacquer.  
Participants at the seminar included representatives from Phu Tho Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Department of Science and Technology, Tam Nong People’s Committee, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), as well as national experts, scientists, and artists. The seminar was the second of its kind. The first one was held in March 2011 where the Japanese experiences were shared. The seminar falls under the framework of a joint UN programme “Green Production and Trade” which aims to increase income and employment of the rural poor in the Northern provinces of Viet Nam. It was sponsored by the Government of Spain’s MDG Achievement Fund (MDG-F). The seminar was part of UNIDO efforts to improve lacquer production in Viet Nam and promote South-South cooperation between Vietnam and China.
The joint UN programme is implemented by UNIDO in partnership with the International Labour (ILO), the International Trade Centre (ITC), the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

For more information, please contact the UNIDO Viet Nam Office at:

office.vietnam@unido.org