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Tay Ninh farmers seek help on fruitless chillis

Update: May, 09/2015 - 08:20
Le Van Trong, chairman of Long Vinh Commune's Farmers Association, said the loss of the chilli crop cost farmers nearly VND40 million (US$1,840) per hectare. — Photo thanhnien

TAY NINH (VNS)— Hundreds of households in the southern province of Tay Ninh's Chau Thanh District asked the local agricultural authority to help them find out why 100 hectares of chillis did not bear fruit this season.

Le Van Trong, chairman of Long Vinh Commune's Farmers Association, said the loss of the chilli crop cost farmers nearly VND40 million (US$1,840) per hectare.

He blamed the loss on the low-quality chilli seeds the district bought from HCM City-based Sao Phuong Nam Co, Ltd. He said farmers planted two types of chillis. Sao Phuong's were entirely fruitless, while the others bloomed as usual.

A company representative said red spiders caused the poor crop, adding that the company would give out full refunds. — VNS

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