Some 65,500 hectares of crops in Vietnam's central region will be affected by the ongoing drought, and nearly 138,800 households will have to deal with water shortage in their daily lives. Households in central provinces will be supported by the National Center for Rural Water Supply and Environmental Sanitation to build rain water tanks as a backup water supply.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has issued a decision on the implementation of agricultural insurance policy. Under Decision No. 22/2019/QD-TTg dated June 26, 2019, such plants, animals and aquaculture products like rice, cow, buffalo, black tiger shrimp and while-leg shrimp will receive support of agricultural insurance fees.
An outbreak of African swine fever, a highly contagious disease that’s been called “pig Ebola,” is ravaging Asia’s pig industry with no signs of letting up. The current outbreak of the virus, which kills almost all animals it infects, began in China in August. Since then, some 22 percent of the country’s pig herd has been lost to the disease and to culling, Christine McCracken, an animal protein expert at Rabobank.
The water tastes salty and the rice barely grows in the coastal villages of the Ca Mau peninsula at the southern tip of Vietnam’s Mekong River delta. Thi Tran, a young woman who farms 2 acres (0.8 hectares) of rice and vegetables while her husband works on the fishing boats in the Gulf of Thailand, says she fears for her family.
The Mekong Delta and the south-eastern region plan to grow other crops on more than 126,300ha of low-yield rice fields this year as a means of adapting to climate change and improving farmers’ incomes. Of the figure, 124,526ha are in the delta, according to the Plant Cultivation Department. Farmers will rotate rice and other crops in the same fields or stop growing rice completely and grow only other crops.
Mr. Nguyen Van Co, a farmer in Tay Hamlet in An Vinh Commune, said that he was only able to collect around 900 kilograms of fresh garlic from his 1,500-square-meter garlic field this winter-spring garlic crop. In comparison to previous years, production was up to 40 percent lower. After harvesting, he suffers a loss of VND7 million.
Nearly the entire Mekong Delta in Vietnam — an area that helps feed about 200 million people — will sink underwater by the year 2100 at current rates, a new study predicts. The delta, which is home to almost 18 million people and produces half of Vietnam's food, faces this potential humanitarian crisis largely because the heavy extraction of groundwater is causing land to sink as sea levels simultaneously rise, the study found.
In Soc Trang Province, traders are buying sugarcane in Cu Lao Dung District for VND200 – 300 a kilo, a record-low price. The islet district, which is the province’s largest sugarcane producer, has about 2,300ha of sugarcane for the 2018-19 crop. Tran Vu Lan, who plants 1.2ha of sugarcane in Cu Lao Dung’s Dai An 1 Commune, said the low price of sugarcane and the high cost of hiring workers for harvesting have caused a loss of VND20 million (US$860) per hectare.
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