VCN- Although compared with many other $US billion items, the export turnover of bamboo and rattan products is still "modest". If there is a real development strategy, proper investment, the exports of bamboo and rattan products are more likely to get a breakthrough in the future.
Vietnam bamboo, rattan and sedge products have been exported to more than 20 countries in the world, of which the EU made up 35.5% of total value, according to the General Department of Vietnam Customs
Bamboo is ubiquitous in the Vietnamese countryside. Almost all villages are surrounded by bamboo hedges. Images of bamboo are attached to childhood, while a bamboo cane is a good companion to support old people when walking.
Poor processing technology and the unavailability of raw materials have been cited as the major reasons hampering Vietnam's handicraft exports, economists said.
Handicraft and fine arts firms have been sitting idle over the last several months because they have no orders or cannot accept them with the low export prices. IKEA is one of the few highlights.