The trademark of Vietnamese cassia has increasingly been prestigious in the global market. This helps increase the production of made – from – cassia products in the highland province of Yen Bai.
Yen Bai province has a large area with favorable soil and climate. Therefore, Yen Bai has formed the largest area of cassia or cinnamon in Vietnam. In which, Vietnamese cassia trees are most popular in Van Yen district.
Vien Son commune, Van Yen district, Yen Bai province was the first place to start cinnamon cultivation. Currently, the commune is also the largest cinnamon – growing commune in Van Yen district.
Over 75% of Dao people living here, Vien Son an area of cinnamon with more than 2,500 ha. Since year 2000, due to the expansion of the market, cinnamon here has been becoming more valuable. As a result, it helps farmers to get out of poverty.
With an area of over 40,000 hectares of cinnamon, Van Yen becomes the largest cultivation area of cinnamon in Vietnam. Each year, Van Yen cultivate a new area from 1,500 ha to 1,600 ha of cinnamon.
At present, Van Yen produces 9,000 MTs of Vietnamese cassia skin per year. Branches and leaves of cassia reach 55,000 MTs. Cassia oil reaches 290 MTs and cassia wood reaches 62,000 square meters.
Since the recognition of the geographical indication for cassia, the value of Vietnamese cassia in the foreign markets has been improved, contributing to economic efficiency for cassia in Van Yen district. Currently, Vietnamese cassia planting in Van Yen have been widely exported to the markets: India, Korea, Europe, Japan, the US…
Currently, Van Yen has 12 factories producing and processing cinnamon oil. In addition, there are 16 enterprises which purchase and process Vietnamese cinnamon for export. The annual income from cinnamon trees is thousands of VND billion. This contributes significantly to economic and social conditions and promote the construction of new rural areas in this highland district.