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Mekong Delta rice yield surges after zoning, irrigation work

Update: April, 26/2014 - 08:38
Farmers from the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta region have harvested 11 million tonnes of rice in the spring-winter crop, an increase of 200,000 tonnes against the previous one.— Photo canthotv

CAN THO (VNS)— Farmers from the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta region have harvested 11 million tonnes of rice in the spring-winter crop, an increase of 200,000 tonnes against the previous one.

According to the Steering Committee for the south-western region, the outcome is a result of local efforts in zoning off areas for cultivation and equipping farmers with techniques and useful scientific measures to prevent the spread of grain diseases.

Regional localities have also been proactive in carrying out irrigation and drainage work, the committee noted.

As the nation's key rice producer, the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta has been tasked with ensuring the country's food security.

From now until 2030, the region will grow rice across an area of 1.8 million ha, more than half of which will be for exports. It is also striving to maintain an annual output of 24-25 million tonnes of rice.

The Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta, the country's largest rice granary, comprises of 12 provinces and one centrally-run city with a total area of 40,000 square kilometres and a combined population of 18 million. — VNS

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