|A farmer harvests salt in the southern province of Bac Lieu. Farmers here are enjoying greater price stability this year and hoping that prices will continue to rise. — VNA/VNS Photo Huynh Su
BAC LIEU (VNS)— Salt fields are full to bursting in the southern province of Bac Lieu, where farmers are hoping for increased prices in the new year.
Bac Lieu produces 200,000 to 250,000 tonnes of salt per year, according to the provincial People's Committee. Dong Hai District has the largest area of salt fields at 2,300ha.
Dong Hai People's Committee Chairman Bui Minh Tuy said that in the first two months of the year, salt sold for VND14,000 (60 US cents) per kilogramme, an increase of VND4,000 (19 US cents) over the previous crop.
"Salt workers are happy, as they hope the price will continue to increase in the next few months," he said.
Ho Van Nien, a farmer in Long Dien Dong Commune, said higher prices would help him keep up his 8ha salt field.
Farmers who are members of the Danh Dien Co-operative in Dong Hai District's Dien Hai Commune have met a lot of difficulties in previous crops, due to abnormal weather and decreased prices, said Nguyen Quoc Dinh, chairman of the co-operative.
"Since the end of last year, salt prices have been stable, making thousands of local farmers happy," Dinh said.
Dang Van Hong, another farmer in Dien Hai Commune, said stable prices kept the atmosphere in the salt fields lively from early morning until later in the afternoon. Another good sign was help from authorities on applying new, effective manufacturing models, he said.
"The farmers called for all of their family members to help, and even hired more farmers to work on the field," Hong said. — VNS