KIEN GIANG - Days of heavy rain in Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta's Kien Giang
Province have inundated over 31,000 ha of rice, said Kien Giang's Department
of Agriculture and Rural Development.
The department also said that 6,000 ha of the newly seeded autumn-winter rice
crop are in danger of being completely destroyed in An Bien, An Minh and Vinh
Local farmers now have to pump flood water out of their fields to minimize their
losses. However, many farmers said if it continues to rain heavily, they will suffer
huge losses because it will be too difficult to pump out all the water.
Kien Giang's Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has asked
relevant agencies to speed up the building of provincial irrigation systems in U
Minh Thuong District and reinforce the dyke system in order to better protect
crops from natural disasters.
Farmers in Kien Giang province have planted 45,871 ha of 10th Month rice crop
in An Minh, An Bien, Vinh Thuan, U Minh Thuong, Go Quao and Ha Tien
districts. They have also sowed 8,894 ha of early autumn-winter crop in U Minh
Thuong and Chau Thanh districts, the local authorities said.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development's Plant
Protection Department, farmers in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta - the country's
rice granary - will plant 600,000ha, equal to last year's crop. So far, they have
planted 400,000ha of autumn-winter rice.
Tens of thousands of ha of autumn winter rice crop in the Mekong that were
ready for harvest have also been flooded or flattened. This has reduced output
and increased harvesting costs. - VNS