Different from previous years, the prices for vegetables after the Lunar New Year (Tet) have fallen due to the impact of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and quick growth because of good weather.
As prices fell, farmers in Tien Yen and Song Phuong communes in Hoai Duc district in Hanoi had to let thousands of tons of vegetable rot in fields.
Mr. Le Hao from Tien Le village, Tien Yen commune told VietNamNet: “Today I am lucky to sell 300kg of vegetables. Shops and restaurants are closed so I cannot sell my vegetables. This time last year, my family did not have enough vegetables to sell.”
Hao’s family has around 500sq.m of vegetable fields. As the prices have dropped, he still has a loss even if he can sell vegetables. Worse, Hao had to let 1 ton of vegetables of all kinds rot on fields because he could not find buyers. The losses are up to tens of millions VND.
Another farmer in the village, Ms. Thanh, told VietNamNet that the current prices for vegetables are the lowest ever in the past few years. She said she had not yet found buyers for 300kg of kohlrabi and about 3 tons of cabbage.
Mr. Nguyen Van Thiet in Song Phuong commune said that the weather has been favorable this year, so the vegetables grew quickly. However, since the Covid-19 outbreaks, purchasing power has decreased significantly. His family could not find buyers for more than 1,000 cabbage trees.
Rotting vegetables in fields:
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