Paddy farmers still smiling
CAN THO (VNS)— Paddy harvested from the ongoing autumn-winter rice crop is selling well, Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta farmers say.
|Dong Thap farmers harvest the early autumn-winter crop which has been selling well so far this season. — VNS Photo Hoang Vu
Nguyen Van Lich, deputy chairman of Thuong Phuoc 1 Commune in Dong Thap Province's Hong Ngu District, said the lower quality IR 50404 paddy was sold for VND5,500 to VND5,600 per kg while high-quality paddy fetched VND5,900 to VND6,000 per kg – the same prices as last year's autumn-winter crop.
Lich said that at these prices, farmers can earn profits of VND3 million per hectare.
He said traders have tried to purchase all the paddy harvested from the fields.
The harvest of the autumn-winter rice crop began two weeks ago and will end in mid-October, said Lich.
According to the Plant Cultivation Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta has some 682,000ha under this year's autumn-winter crop, an increase of 23,700ha over last year's autumn-winter crop.
These comprise 250,000ha in Dong Thap and An Giang provinces, 160,000 ha in the coastal provinces of Tra Vinh, Soc Trang, Bac Lieu and Ca Mau, and 272,000ha in the provinces of Vinh Long, Tien Giang, Kien Giang and Hau Giang as well as Can Tho City.
Lich said Dong Thap authorities have asked farmers not to grow rice in areas outside embankment systems (in the autumn-winter crop) to prevent losses caused by floods.
However, some farmers were unhappy to see their fields left uncultivated and risked incur losses to sow seedlings on 375ha.
As they had began the crop very early, 90 per cent of these areas have been harvested while the water level was still low in the area, he said. — VNS