Three cotton processing plants in Vietnam's Central Highland region have been forced to shut down because they have not got enough cotton raw materials for production, said the country's National Textile and Garment group Vinatex.

The plants, which Vinatex invests in to provide cotton products for the group, have total capacity of 30,000 tons/year and are located at the provinces of Dac Lac, Dac Nong and Gia Lai.
Made in Vietnam cotton products are also struggling to win over domestic producers amid fierce fierce competition from imported cotton enjoying low tax as a result of Vietnam's WTO entrance.

Many cotton farmers in the country are destroying their cotton plantations to grow other plants like rice and coffee.

During the first half this year, cotton imports turnover to Vietnam reached totalled US$222.9m, up by 63.5% against same period 2007.

By Ngo Tuan.