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Autumn-winter crops yield high earnings

Update: August, 30/2014 - 08:50
CAN THO (VNS)— Farmers from the districts of Thoi Lai, Phong Dien, Binh Thuy and O Mon in the Mekong city of Can Tho are reaping profits from the early harvest of the autumn-winter rice crop.

Farmer Truong Thanh Phong from Thoi Lai District's Tan Thanh Commune said traders bought his undried IR 50404 paddy for VND4,800 - VND4,900 per kg and fragrant paddy for VND5,200 – VND5,250 per kg at the field.

Phong said that his profits totalled about VND15 million ($710) per hectare, after subtracting production costs.

He said that combine harvesters had helped farmers reduce production costs.

According to the Can Tho Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the city has about 61,800 ha of land planted under the autumn-winter crop this year.

The department also advised farmers to strengthen embankments to protect the areas that have yet to be harvested. — VNS

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