Viet Nam has about 313,000ha of cashew trees, down 120,000ha against 2005, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development's Plant Cultivation Department.
Low profits compared to other plants, as well as low prices and low yields, led to the decline in cultivation area.
In the southern province of Dong Nai, farmers earn a profit of about VND6 million (US$285) per ha of cashew a year, less than one-tenth that of the profits from cultivating pepper, coffee or dragon fruit, according to the province's Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Nhan Dan (The People)
Flash floods destroy houses in Nghe An
Flash floods caused by prolonged heavy rains over the past few days have caused severe damage in several mountainous districts in the central province of Nghe An.
In Tuong Duong District, which was the hardest hit, flash floods caused eight houses to collapse. Dozens of other houses were submerged 0.5-1.5m under water. Flash floods have also damaged many hectares of crops and clean-water works.
Lao Dong (Labour)