Ha Noi -- Farmers in the Mekong Delta have begun an early winter-spring harvest across 280,000 ha of a total 1.56 million under cultivation. The harvest will reach its peak early next month by producing 6.3 tonnes per ha.
Dried rice is being sold at VND5,600-5,750 per kilo and long grain at VND5,750-5,900 while 5% and 15% broken rice is on sale for VND8,750-8,900 and VND 8,250-8,400 per kilo each. The 25% broken rice variety is on sale for VND7,900-8,050/ kilo. While the rice price is lower than last year's figure, farmers have still gained profits of over 30% according to the VNA.
Farmers in the Mekong Delta are encouraged to apply Integrated Pest Management (IPM), a modern approach to control the amount of seeds, fertilizers and pesticides used. This approach is expected to provide greater economic and environmental benefits to society in the form of input savings, especially pollution related inputs (related to nitrogen and pesticides), and output gains (pertaining to higher rice quality and net benefits).
Rice seedlings are provided in conformity with local ecology across provinces. The Ca Mau peninsula was provided with short-duration rice seedlings that are salt water resistant. Western Hau River and Long Xuyen quadrangle regions were supplied with high intensive seedlings while high quality seedlings were given to paddy fields in the Tien and Hau river regions. All provinces in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam's largest granary, are expanding their new paddy field model to direct production towards modern standards (VietGAP) in meeting the demand for rice exports while building brand quality for export (GlobalGAP - good agricultural practice worldwide). --VNS