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Livestock farmers suffer from prolonged cold spell

Update: February, 18/2014 - 09:40
A farmer in Trieu Son District, Thanh Hoa Province, uses nylon sheets to protect her rice seeds against cold weather. Weather experts say another cold spell will be felt keenly in northern mountainous and northeastern regions and the rest of the north over the next five to six days. — VNA/VNS Photo Dinh Hue
HA NOI (VNS)— Today's cold spell will be felt keenly in northern mountainous and northeastern regions and then affect the rest of the north for the next five to six days, according to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.

The extreme cold killed over 80 cows in Lao Cai Province's Sa Pa District, according to Ma Quang Trung, head of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Death tolls in other localities have not yet been reported.

The long spell of cold weather caused food shortages and weakened domestic animals. The problem was worsened by the fact that "many families did not properly take care of livestock or employ effective measures to keep them warm," according to Trung.

The provincial People's Committee asked local authorities on Sunday to take prompt measures to keep livestock warm and encourage local farmers to clean and improve breeding facilities, plant grass and store food.

Trung said cattle farmers were advised to provide enough food for their livestock and not graze them when the temperature dropped below 12 degrees Celsius.

During the cold spell at the end of last year, Lao Cai Province reported 444 dead cattle, around 0.3 per cent of the livestock population in the province. — VNS


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