Rice farmers in Mekong Delta told to follow sowing schedules as saline intrusion, drought continues

Authorities have instructed farmers in the Mekong Delta to sow the summer – autumn rice crop on established schedules to mitigate the damage of drought, saltwater intrusion and disease.

Rice farmers in Mekong Delta told to follow sowing schedules as saline intrusion, drought continues
Preparing land for sowing the summer – autumn rice in Kien Giang Province’s Giang Thanh District. — VNA/VNS Photo Le Huy Hai

The delta, the country’s rice granary, plans to grow about 1.6 million hectares of rice in the summer – autumn crop, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Plant Cultivation Department.

The delta is facing drought and severe saltwater intrusion which is expected to continue and only reduce after this month.

The Plant Cultivation Department has set schedules for sowing the crop in the delta between March and June.

In areas that can secure irrigation water, the sowing is in March and April, while sowing is set in May for areas located south of National Highway No 1 and 70km from the coast.   

In areas that depend on rainwater for irrigation, sowing will be in the first half of June when rain is expected. 

Based on the sowing schedules, the delta’s 12 provinces and Can Tho City have set up detailed sowing plans for each area.

In Kien Giang Province, which is the delta’s largest rice producer, the province’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has given farmers detailed plans between March 20 and June 26.

The level of water resources in Kien Giang’s upper areas has been low, so the province has operated sluices properly to prevent shortage of irrigation water and has dredged irrigation ditches to increase water storage. 

Kien Giang targets growing 284,000ha of rice with an average yield of 5.5 tonnes per hectare in the summer – autumn crop.

The province has instructed farmers to grow more high-quality rice varieties that meet export standards, aiming for 85 per cent. 

 

In An Giang Province, farmers have been told to sow the crop between March 10 and May 20 to avoid irrigation water shortage and pests, mostly brown plant hoppers.

Nguyen Si Lam, director of the An Giang Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said farmers should follow schedules to avoid damage caused by brown plant hoppers.

Farmers should also apply integrated pest management and other techniques used in rice cultivation, he said.

In Soc Trang Province, authorities have told farmers to sow the crop between the end of April and June, and each area has to sow rice seeds at the same time to prevent the spread of brown plant hoppers.

Ngo Thanh Loan, deputy head of the Soc Trang Plant Cultivation and Protection Sub-department’s Plant Cultivation Division, said: “In areas affected by saltwater intrusion, farmers have to wash salts out of fields carefully before sowing rice seeds.”

When the price of rice rose recently, many farmers in the delta sowed the summer – autumn rice crop earlier compared to instructed schedules after they had a bumper harvest for the 2019-20 winter – spring rice crop. 

Farmers had a bumper harvest because local authorities had instructed farmers to grow the crop one month earlier compared to normal schedules to avoid the impact of drought and saltwater intrusion.

However, the delta saw 33,800ha of its 1.54 million hectares of winter – spring crop damaged by drought and saltwater intrusion as many farmers did not follow the sowing schedule instructions. — VNS 

Mekong Delta enjoys bumper rice crop

Mekong Delta enjoys bumper rice crop

Despite being affected by drought and saltwater intrusion, the Mekong Delta harvested a record output of about 7.3 million tons of rice in the Winter-Spring crop 2019-2020.

Mekong Delta gets bumper crop despite saline intrusion

Mekong Delta gets bumper crop despite saline intrusion

Though saltwater intrusion in the Mekong Delta comes earlier and with higher level of salinity than that recorded in the 2015-16 dry season, the damages to farming areas are expected to be less serious

Drought, saltwater intrusion loom in Vietnam's Mekong Delta

Drought, saltwater intrusion loom in Vietnam's Mekong Delta

The Mekong Delta plans to grow this year’s winter – spring rice crop early since drought and saltwater intrusion are forecast to be severe in the dry season starting at the end of this year.

 
 

Other News

.
Education Ministry requires to collect suitable tuition fee for online teaching
Education Ministry requires to collect suitable tuition fee for online teaching
SOCIETYicon  15/05/2020 

In its document to people’s committees in cities and provinces yesterday, the Ministry of Education and Training required private-run schools to collect suitable tuition fee for online teaching during Covid-19 closure.

VEC deputy general director arrested
VEC deputy general director arrested
SOCIETYicon  15/05/2020 

Le Quang Hao, deputy general director of State-run Vietnam Expressway Corporation, was arrested on May 11 over violations in the management of the Danang-Quang Ngai Expressway project.

Traffic police to make random inspections from May 15
Traffic police to make random inspections from May 15
SOCIETYicon  15/05/2020 

Traffic police nationwide will have the right to stop any driver to check their vehicle registration certificate, driving license, vehicle insurance, certificate of technical safety and environmental protection and other vehicle documents.

Vietnamese ride-hailing drivers risk accidents with reckless driving
Vietnamese ride-hailing drivers risk accidents with reckless driving
SOCIETYicon  15/05/2020 

Almost one-third of ride-hailing drivers in Vietnam have had a road accident, with an astounding 80% attributing the cause to their own risky driving, according to new research.

Prolonged heat wave expected
Prolonged heat wave expected
SOCIETYicon  15/05/2020 

A heat wave affecting many parts of Vietnam is expected to continue, with temperatures reaching as high as 35-38 degrees Celsius.

Woman arrested for smuggling nearly 12,000 meth pills
Woman arrested for smuggling nearly 12,000 meth pills
SOCIETYicon  15/05/2020 

Police in the northern province of Son La on Thursday arrested a woman for allegedly smuggling meth in Moc Chau Plantation Town in Moc Chau District.

26 Vietnamese people volunteer to donate lungs to British pilot
26 Vietnamese people volunteer to donate lungs to British pilot
SOCIETYicon  15/05/2020 

As many as 26 Vietnamese people have volunteered to donate part of their lungs to save a critically ill British pilot, Vietnam’s 91st COVID-19 patient, the National Co-ordination Centre for Human Organ Transplantation has said.

Ten killed, many injured as under-construction wall collapses in Dong Nai
Ten killed, many injured as under-construction wall collapses in Dong Nai
SOCIETYicon  15/05/2020 

As of 5pm, the local medical sector confirmed 10 people were killed in the accident, including eight who died on the spot and two others at the district hospital.

Indonesian sailors from sunken ship return home
Indonesian sailors from sunken ship return home
SOCIETYicon  15/05/2020 

Five crew members of the Indonesian vessel Jagal Raya, which sank in waters off the coast of the Mekong Delta’s Soc Trang province, were transferred to the Vietnam Ocean Shipping Agency’s branch in Can Tho (VOSA Can Tho) on May 14 for repatriation.

Latest Coronavirus News in Vietnam & Southeast Asia May 15
Latest Coronavirus News in Vietnam & Southeast Asia May 15
SOCIETYicon  15/05/2020 

Trillions of VND spent from Central budget to combat Covid-19

VN Embassy takes necessary measures after murder of intern in Japan
VN Embassy takes necessary measures after murder of intern in Japan
POLITICSicon  15/05/2020 

The Embassy of Vietnam in Japan is closely following the investigation into the murder of a Vietnamese technical intern and will carry out the necessary citizen protection measures to ensure his legitimate rights and interests.

Fishermen stay within Vietnam’s territorial waters
Fishermen stay within Vietnam’s territorial waters
MARITIME SOVEREIGNTYicon  15/05/2020 

Despite China’s unilateral and unreasonable fishing ban in the East Sea, fishermen in central Vietnam are fishing within the country’s territorial waters in areas where sovereignty has been proven for generations.

24 new imported COVID-19 cases confirmed, tally at 312
24 new imported COVID-19 cases confirmed, tally at 312
SOCIETYicon  15/05/2020 

Twenty four people returning to Vietnam on a flight from Russia have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, raising the total to 312, the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control reported on May 15 morning.

Typhoon Vongfong makes landfall in Philippines
Typhoon Vongfong makes landfall in Philippines
SOCIETYicon  14/05/2020 

Typhoon Vongfong made a landfall in the central Philippines on May 14, forcing tens of thousands of residents to flee.

Largest flower capital of northern region bustles again
Largest flower capital of northern region bustles again
PHOTOSicon  15/05/2020 

Me Linh flower market has been bustling again since the lockdown period was lifted in Ha Loi Hamlet. Joy has returned to the faces of people from the flower gardens to every street corner in the hamlet.

Street food vendors required to wear face masks
Street food vendors required to wear face masks
SOCIETYicon  15/05/2020 

Street food vendors will have to wear face masks from now on while preparing food and drinks for customers and maintain a distance of at least one metre from customers, Hanoi’s Department of Health has said.

Official faces murder charge in life insurance scam
Official faces murder charge in life insurance scam
SOCIETYicon  14/05/2020 

The provincial People’s Procuracy in Dak Nong Province on Tuesday launched criminal proceedings against a commune official who allegedly killed his wife's nephew, then staged a vehicle fire to cover up the murder and claim insurance.

Potential emerges for Typhoon Vongfong to enter East Sea
Potential emerges for Typhoon Vongfong to enter East Sea
SOCIETYicon  14/05/2020 

Typhoon Vongfong is moving towards the eastern waters of the Philippines with strong winds close to the centre of the storm reaching between 100km and 135km per hour and is likely to change its direction to enter the East Sea.

Two people register to donate lungs to British pilot in critical condition
Two people register to donate lungs to British pilot in critical condition
SOCIETYicon  14/05/2020 

A 40-year-old woman and a 70-year-old veteran have registered to donate their lungs to a seriously sick British pilot who was Vietnam’s 91st COVID-19 patient.

Vietnamese fishermen flock to sea despite China's ban
Vietnamese fishermen flock to sea despite China's ban
MARITIME SOVEREIGNTYicon  14/05/2020 

Despite China's unilateral fishing ban on waters around Vietnam's Truong Sa (Spratly) and Hoang Sa (Paracel Islands), fishermen in Quang Ngai are heading out to sea to protect their fishing grounds.

 
 
 
Leave your comment on an article

OR QUICK LOGIN