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Flowers for Tet

Update: February, 05/2016 - 18:00

Tet is in the air!

This year, people will be able to buy many more different types of flowers for the celebration.

This is because many farmers in the Cuu Long Delta have worked hard at planting new flowers.

The weather has also been right.

Farmers are even selling flowers to other countries.

Farmers in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta will offer new varieties of flowers for the upcoming Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday, which falls on February 8 this year.
Farmers in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta will offer new varieties of flowers for the upcoming Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday, which falls on February 8 this year. - Photo danviet.vn

HCM CITY (VNS) — Farmers in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta will offer new varieties of flowers for the upcoming Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday, which falls on February 8 this year.

In Sa Dec flower village in Dong Thap Province's Sa Dec City, which is one of the largest flower villages in the delta, many farmers have grown new varieties of flowers and ornamental trees.

The new varieties of roses, lilies and zinnias are in high demand.

Tran Van Phuong, who is growing about 10,000 lily pots in Sa Dec City's Tan Quy Dong Ward, said traders from Can Tho City, Ba Ria – Vung Tau and Vinh Long provinces had contracted to buy his lily pots for Tet.

Last Tet, Phuong planted more than 8,000 lily pots, all of which sold out.

Besides lilies, Phuong has also planted new varieties of flowers ordered by traders.

Nguyen Thi Ngoc, chairwoman of the Tan Quy Dong Ward People's Committee in Sa Dec, said before farmers began their flower crop for Tet, local authorities worked with co-operatives and flower associations to warn flower farmers to reduce the cultivation areas of traditional flowers such as chrysanthemums.

Farmers have been told to grow more roses and ornamental plants.

"With this shift, flowers farmers are expected to have good sales for this Tet," she said.

The Dong Thap Province Hi-Tech Agriculture Centre has supplied farmers with 150,000 seedlings produced by a tissue-culture method. Most of them are chrysanthemum varieties.

Pham Huu Phuoc, the centre director, said the centre had improved more than 22 varieties of roses and lotuses and collected beautiful flower varieties.

The centre also provided planting techniques to farmers, and planned to produce about 1-2 million tissue-cultured seedlings a year.

Do Van Tham, head of the Sa Dec City's Economy Bureau, said tissue-cultured flowers sold well and had stable outlets because of high quality and reasonable prices.

"Instead of relying on traders, many farmers here have also contracted directly with companies and partners to grow flowers," he said.

The weather is favourable this year so the flower quality has been good, according to farmers.

The prices of flowers are expected to be similar to last year's Tet season.

Farmers in Sa Dec Flower Village expect to supply more than 3 million pots of various kinds of flowers this Tet.

Similarly, farmers in Ben Tre Province's Cho Lach District, which is famous for its flower and ornamental plants, are also expected to provide millions of flowers and ornamental plants for Tet.

Last November, about 30 farmers in Cho Lach District and Sa Dec Flower Village cooperated in finding outlets at home and abroad.

Nguyen Thi Nguyet Thu, who grows ornamental plants in Cho Lach District's Hung Khanh Trung Commune, said her family had focused on planting ornamental plants for indoor decoration and exports for the Tet season.

Thu said her family had exported about 5,000- 10,000 ornamental plants to Japan a month.

In Tien Giang Province's My Tho City, farmers have also planted new varieties of flowers for Tet.

Truong Van Nhung, chairman of the My Phong Flower and Ornamental Plant Co-operatives in My Tho City, said this was the first year that My Phong Flower Village had planted lisianthus.

The village has planted about 80,000 pots of lisianthus.

The My Tho Economy Bureau has given farmers seedlings for new plant and flower varieties, including tomato, bell chilis and strawberries. — VNS

GLOSSARY

Farmers in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta will offer new varieties of flowers for the upcoming Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday, which falls on February 8 this year.

Varieties of flowers are different types of flowers.

In Sa Dec flower village in Dong Thap Province's Sa Dec City, which is one of the largest flower villages in the delta, many farmers have grown new varieties of flowers and ornamental trees.

A delta is the mouth of a river that splits into many small rivers as it enters the sea.

Ornamental trees are trees used to make a place, like a garden, look pretty rather than to produce wood or fruit.

The new varieties of roses, lilies and zinnias are in high demand.

If something is in high demand, people want it – quite desperately!

Nguyen Thi Ngoc, chairwoman of the Tan Quy Dong Ward People's Committee in Sa Dec, said before farmers began their flower crop for Tet, local authorities worked with co-operatives and flower associations to warn flower farmers to reduce the cultivation areas of traditional flowers such as chrysanthemums.

A cultivation area of flowers is an area like a field, where flowers are planted. To reduce a cultivation area means to make such an area smaller.

The Dong Thap Province Hi-Tech Agriculture Centre has supplied farmers with 150,000 seedlings produced by a tissue-culture method. Most of them are chrysanthemum varieties.

Seedlings are small, young plants that have only just started growing and can be taken somewhere else to be grown into bigger plants.

When plants are produced by a tissue-culture method, new plants are created from parts of a plant under special conditions. This way does not involve the plant have two parent plants and does not involve pollination by insects.

Do Van Tham, head of the Sa Dec City's Economy Bureau, said tissue-cultured flowers sold well and had stable outlets because of high quality and reasonable prices.

An outlet is a place like a shop, or a market where you can sell something. A stable outlet is one that does good business.

"Instead of relying on traders, many farmers here have also contracted directly with companies and partners to grow flowers," he said.

To rely on traders means to need them.

To contract directly with a company means to make a deal with the company.

Last November, about 30 farmers in Cho Lach District and Sa Dec Flower Village cooperated in finding outlets at home and abroad.

Cooperated means worked together.

At home means within Viet Nam.

Abroad means overseas.

Nguyen Thi Nguyet Thu, who grows ornamental plants in Cho Lach District's Hung Khanh Trung Commune, said her family had focused on planting ornamental plants for indoor decoration and exports for the Tet season.

Exports are things that are sold to other countries.

WORKSHEET

State whether the following sentences are true, or false:

1.      Many people want zinnias and they want lots of them!

2.      Ornamental plants from Viet Nam are sold in Japan.

3.      Flower farmers would never, ever deal with companies that sell flowers, they would only deal with traders.

4.      There is only one variety of lotus flower.

5.      My Tho City is in Tien Giang Province.

 

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