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Continuous rains cause damages to rice farmers

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Due to storms, it had been continuously raining in the past two weeks in the Mekong Delta. Mr. Truong Canh Tuyen, Vice Chairman of the People's Committee of Hau Giang Province, on October 16 said that the province had requested the agricultural sector to closely monitor the weather changes to have solutions to help farmers to harvest rice timely to minimize damages.

A farmer in Hau Giang Province makes drainage ditches for rainwater to recede, hoping that his fallen paddy will not sprout. (Photo: SGGP)

A farmer in Hau Giang Province makes drainage ditches for rainwater to recede, hoping that his fallen paddy will not sprout. (Photo: SGGP)

Currently, the Mekong Delta has harvested about 300,000 hectares of rice. About 500,000 hectares of the third rice crop has not been harvested yet. Of which, in Hau Giang Province, there are about 500 hectares of fallen rice, with 10-50 percent loss of yield.

According to Mr. Tran Chi Hung, Director of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of Hau Giang Province, the number of raw paddy dryers in the province has decreased drastically. The number of combine harvesters is just enough to meet the demand. In the coming days, thunderstorms will continue to occur, so farmers need to take advantage of the good weather to harvest rice as soon as possible.

Many farmers are anxious as the area of fallen rice is on the increase, and the labor cost for harvesting fallen rice is also higher by VND50,000-VND60,000 per worker compared to standing rice.

By Cao Phong – Translated by Thanh Nha

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