HCM CITY (VNS) — Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta, the country's rice granary, plans to stabilise rice production at around 24 million tonnes a year for the next two decades (until 2030), according to the Cuu Long Delta Rice Research Institute.
Several research institutes have been co-operating with all the delta provinces as well as Can Tho City in projects that apply advanced technology to create new rice varieties and also recover indigenous rice varieties that are suited to local climatic conditions, are disease resistant and of high quality and high yield.
In the short term, the delta will give priority to creating hybrid rice varieties that can be grown in tough conditions like floods, drought, saline intrusion and other climate change impacts.
After 2015, the delta will further develop rice cultivation under the national and international Good Agriculture Practices (GAP) standards. The target is to ensure that such production will take place on at least 40 per cent of the delta's rice cultivation area.
The region will also develop rice processing technology so as to produce high-value products and reduce dependency on raw rice exports. This will create more jobs and increase the value of locally grown rice.
Rice production in the delta has increased from 4.2 million tonnes of paddy in 1976 to 24.5 million tonnes of paddy last year. — VNS