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Thousands of ha of rice submerged in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta

Update: September, 26/2012 - 11:55

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

Thuan districts.

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

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