|Under the plan, rice will be planted in the area covering U Minh, Tran Van Thoi and Thoi Binh districts in U Minh Ha region. — File Photo
CA MAU (VNS) — The Mekong Delta province of Ca Mau plans to expand its large-scale rice fields to cover 15,000 hectares by 2015 and 20,000 hectares by 2020, said a provincial official.
By 2020, average rice output is expected to grow from the current 5.7 tonnes per hectare to 6.2 tonnes, according to director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Van Su.
Under the plan, rice will be planted in the area covering U Minh, Tran Van Thoi and Thoi Binh districts in U Minh Ha region.
In the three years since it was first implemented, the large-scale rice field model helped mechanise production and promoted connections between farmers and businesses, Su said.
Chairman of the provincial People's Committee Le Dung forecast that local rice farmers would earn twice as much by 2020 thanks to the new model.
The Mekong Delta, one of the key regions applying the model and the country's largest rice granary, comprises 12 provinces and one centrally-run city with a total area of 40,000 square kilometres and a combined population of 18 million. The region has been tasked with ensuring the country's food security and aims to maintain annual output of 24-25 million tonnes of rice, more than half of which is exported. — VNS