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Mekong rice crops see high yields

Update: October, 29/2011 - 09:46

CUU LONG DELTA — Farmers in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta, the country's rice granary, are harvesting a bumper autumn-winter rice yield, the Cuu Long Delta Rice Research Institute has said.

Half of the 650,000ha under the rice crop, the year's third, has been harvested, and the average yield so far has been 5.1 tonnes of paddy per ha, a 0.4 tonne rise from last year.

The total harvest is expected to top 3.15 million tonnes of paddy, taking the year's total output to 22.8 million, 1.3 million tonnes higher than last year.

At current rice prices, farmers can earn a profit of VND4,100-5,500 per kilogramme of paddy, the institute said.

In An Giang Province, which has the largest area under rice in the country, farmers have harvested around 6,000ha out of the total of 131,000ha.

Le Van Nung, deputy chairman of the provincial People's Committee, said the harvest was likely to be finished in early December.

Though the floods had destroyed 4,200ha of in An Giang, farmers had not panicked and continued to tend the crop, he said.

"The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has designated the autumn-winter crop as the main rice crop.

"Every year we will increase or decrease the area under autumn-winter rice based on the flood forecast."

Dong Thap Province planted 98,500ha.

It has harvested 77,000ha so far, according to its Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

In some places where farmers only grow two rice crops a year, the harvest of the summer-autumn crop was completed on October 20.

The 1.66 million ha yielded an average of 5.21 tonnes per ha, according to the Plant Cultivation Department. — VNS

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