‘Hau Giang Province has around 1,000 hectares of winter-spring rice being affected by the saltwater intrusion but the loss is insignificant. Currently, farmers have already harvested hundreds of hectares of early winter-spring rice with fairly high productivity of above 7.7 tons per hectare. However, the price of paddy currently slightly drops compared to that at the beginning of the crop,’ said Mr. Tran Chi Hung, Director of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of Hau Giang Province. Mr. Nguyen Van Ut, one of the farmers in Vi Thuy District of Hau Giang Province who had harvested winter-spring rice at the beginning of February this year, said that fresh paddy fetched VND5,500 per kilogram, bringing in a profit of nearly VND20 million per hectare. Now, the price of paddy is much lower. ‘Traders currently deposit to buy winter-spring rice of local farmers at VND4,700-VND4,800 per kilogram, down nearly VND200 per kilogram compared to last week. However, there are fewer traders making deposits than previous years,’ said Mr. Dien Van Banh, a farmer in Phung Hiep District in Hau Giang Province. This is also the concern of other farmers in provinces in the Mekong Delta when they start to harvest the… Read full this story
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