Farmers in Go Cong Tay district, Tien Giang province harvest their 2020-2021 winter-sprining crop. (Photo: VNA) Can Tho (VNA) – The 2020-2021 winter – spring crop in the Mekong Delta region suffered less from drought and saline intrusion, heard a working session between the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and the agriculture sectors in 13 regional localities on February 18. According to deputy head of the MARD's Department of Crop Production Le Thanh Tung, thanks to early crop cultivation coupled with suitable technical measures, drought and saline intrusion will not affect rice quality and yield in the region, particularly rice areas in coastal localities. A report from the department showed that the country's rice granary sow rice in an area of more than 1.5 million hectares, down 30,000 hectares from the 2019-2020 winter-spring crop. Local farmers have harvested some 350,000 hectares, and the figure is expected at 550,000 hectares by the end of this month. The remaining acreages will be harvested from March to May. Notably, drought and saline intrusion are said to affect only a small farming area. Some 10,700 hectares of rice in Tra Vinh province are forecast to face the risk of being damaged in… Read full this story
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