CJ completes construction of chili pepper plant in Vietnam

SEOUL-- South Korea's leading processed food producer said Sunday it completed work on a chili pepper plant in Vietnam that could help local famers earn stable income.

The plant, built in cooperation with the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) as part of the Creating Shared Value program, has all necessary facilities to clean, process, and store the spicy powders, the company said.

The new plant covers 640 square meters and is located in Tam Ngan 2 commune within Ninh Thuan Province in the south-central Vietnam. The region is for the most part rural, with people there having generally low income. The village has a per capita income of under US$35 per month.

CJ said that chili powder produced at its new plant will be used to make gochujang, or red pepper paste, and kimchi, a traditional Korean side dish of fermented vegetables. Products made with the Vietnamese powder will be shipped to foreign markets.

It said that the new plant is noteworthy because it can provide a means of sustainable growth for local farmers.

Besides the chili pepper plant, CJ along with KOICA and state-run Korea Water Resources Corp. refurbished a local school and town hall and built infrastructure to provide tap and irrigation water to people living in Tam Ngan.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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