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Flower growers fear cold wave could damage crops

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:03 am

Flower growers in the Mekong Delta are troubled with the unusually cold weather conditions and fear damage to their seasonal flowers and ornamental plants.

A farmer is nurturing an apricot flower plant for Tet in Cho Lach District, Ben Tre Province (Photo: SGGP)42 year old farmer Nguyen Van Tho in Cho Lach District of Ben Tre Province was worried the continuous rain and persistent cold temperatures this year might damage his 1,000 apricot plants. He is resorting to constant spraying and reduction of fertilizers to prevent the plants from blossoming too soon.

Another district resident named Le Thi Lan noticed that her 17,000 pots of daisies were slowly showing signs of frost bite.

In Ba Bo flower village, Binh Thuy District, Can Tho City many farmers are anxious and taking special care of their flower gardens particularly after the recent heavy rains.

Nguyen Van Ben has grown flowers for Tet for 20 years and this year he claims that 20 percent of his 2,000 pots of daisies had already been damaged. On the other hand, the cost of fertilizers, pesticides and labor had also increased which added to their woes.

People in Tan Quy Dong village, Sa Dec District of Dong Thap Province quoted a 30-40 percent rise in expenses on flower and ornamental plant gardening. This has led the village to prepare only three million flower pots this year, one third less than previous years on traditional flowers like daisies and marigold.

Traders had streamed into gardens to buy flowers in previous years but this year has been dull according to flower growers in Long Thoi Commune, Cho Lach District.

Tran Van Nam in the Ba Bo flower village, Binh Thuy District said that because few traders have come to buy flowers this year, the local growers had to hire stalls in Can Tho City to sell their flowers.

A small stall of just four square meters cost VND1.4 million while selling a mere two pots of daisies could be expected to fetch less than VND50, 000. Several of the flower growers expected to see losses this year.

According to Bui Thanh Liem, head of the Cho Lach District Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in Ben Tre Province, farmers in the district had prepared four million pots of flowers and ornamental plants for the coming Tet, which was half the amount from previous years. So far only 40 percent of the pots have been sold.

Source: SGGP

US to help Vietnamese farmers in growing subsidiary crops

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:03 am

The US Embassy has said that the US Agency for International Development (USAID) will grant US$500,000 for implementing a cooperative program on the growing of subsidiary crops in both Vietnam and Cambodia.

A research group from California University in coordination with Hanoi University of Agriculture, and the Ho Chi Minh City University of Agriculture and Forestry will conduct the program.

The program will run until 2013 and will help farmers improve the growing of subsidiary crops. The program will also assist in conducting market research and post-harvest activities in both Vietnam and Cambodia.

Farmers will be involved in courses about production procedures, in order to limit post-harvest losses. The training course will also help improve food and hygiene safety, increase market access, and increase farmers’ income.

The program is part of five projects, funded by USAID in 15 developing countries, aiming to help develop a new method of growing subsidiary crops, which is based on research activities.

Source: SGGP

Highest tides in 23 years damage crops, aquaculture ponds

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2010 at 6:21 am

Highest tides in 23 years damage crops, aquaculture ponds

QĐND – Tuesday, November 23, 2010, 20:52 (GMT+7)

The highest tides in 23 years have damaged crops and aquaculture ponds on the southernmost Ca Mau peninsula.

Ca Mau province’s Hydro-meteorological Forecasting Centre director Tran Tien Dung said high tides and heavy rain had swollen waters in coastal Nam Can district to 1.54 metres and 86 cm in Ca Mau city.

The province’s Agriculture and Rural Development Department reports that sea water surged over dykes in the Dam Doi, Nam Can, Ngoc Hien, Phu Tan districts destroying more than 3,000 ha of shrimp and fish ponds.

About 5,000 ha of rice paddy and plantation was also flooded in the Thoi Binh, U Minh and Tran Van Thoi districts.

High tides from October to the middle of this month have damaged more than 15,800 ha and caused damage estimated at 4.1 billion VND (210,000 USD), reports provincial Irrigation Department director Nguyen Long Hoai.

Three days of high tides and heavy rain has also damaged 53,000 ha of farm land in neighbouring Bac Lieu province.

The province could lose 13,000 ha if the high tides continue, warns the provincial agriculture department.

The high tides, which are expected to continue until this weekend, submerged most of Nga Nam in Soc Trang province.

The 1.6-million-ha Ca Mau peninsular, on the southern tip of Vietnam , includes Can Tho city and Hau Giang, Soc Trang, Bac Lieu and Ca Mau provinces as well as part of Kien Giang.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Cao Bang: Red mud flood engulfs homes, crops

In Uncategorized on November 7, 2010 at 8:20 am

Downpours submerge crops in Mekong Delta

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2010 at 10:51 am

Floods inundate homes, crops in central region

In Uncategorized on November 1, 2010 at 7:11 am

Diseases raging through farmers’ crops and livestock

In Uncategorized on August 11, 2010 at 11:20 am

Farmers around the country have struggled with diseases killing their rice crops and pigs, while the Government assistance has been low and specific remedies have not been found.

Farmers harvest rice in the Mekong Delta (Photo: SGGP)

Ten days ago, farmer Luong Thi Canh uncovered over 500 square meters of her rice fields had a strange disease that made the rice turn saffron and unable to grow properly. Canh is in Hoa Son Commune, Hiep Hoa District in the northern province of Bac Giang.

The disease, which stunted rice even though she spayed chemicals and fertilized the fields, spread widely, frightening farmers in the Hoa Son Commune as crop losses equal hunger.

Nguyen Van Chinh, deputy chairman of Hiep Hoa District People’s Committee, said that the disease is in other communes as well, affecting thousands of households.

Meanwhile, in the adjacent commune of Thoi Son, farmers have seen the return of another disease, which causes green fields to turn dull red with black stripes along the veins of leaves.

Experts from Agricultural University No.1 in Hanoi have investigated and said it is bacterial streak disease.

Nguyen Van My, owner of 2,000 square meters of two-month old sick rice field, said that last year his fields also contracted the disease, forcing him to burn the fields, as his buffalos refused to eat the sick rice.

While rice diseases have not ceased, Thoi Son pigs continued suffering from blue ear disease. The farmer My has lost a total of VND40 million (US$2,000), as 33 pigs recently died from the blue ear virus.

At the time My’s pigs died, the Bac Giang Province had yet to declare the outbreak an epidemic. As a result, My did not received any assistance from the Government.

Some households in his village lost more than VND50-60 million and another pig raising farm even had to hire workers to bury about 700 suckling pigs as they died at the same time, he said.

In Thai Binh Province, the rice stripe virus and blue ear diseases have also plagued fields and pigs farms in Tien Hai District, said the district People’s Committee chairman.

The rice stripe virus disease has rapidly spread in the province and become an epidemic in northern provinces, sending farmers racing to buy pesticides to save their crops.

Hoang Kim Giao, head of the Department of Livestock Production, said that during this recent blue ear epidemic, the northern region has destroyed tens of thousands of pigs. As a result, businesses have rushed to import pork.

The blue ear disease now has expanded throughout the southern region. Relevant authorities should take appropriate actions to stamp out the epidemic.

Concerning the rice stripe virus, Bui Sy Doanh, department head of Plant Protection said that the Government has yet to find specific remedies.

In related news, the Ho Chi Minh City’s Department for Animal Health said that over 400 pigs infected with blue ear disease have been destroyed so far in District 12.

Meanwhile, the number of ruined pigs has reached 43 in the Mekong Delta Province of Hau Giang, according to the Vietnam Department of Animal Health.

Source: SGGP

Drought burns central crops

In Uncategorized on June 24, 2010 at 12:39 pm

Farmers have suffered through scorching weather that has dried up rivers and burned crops in the central region over the last few months.

A farmer in the northern central province of Nghe An squats on his withered rice field caused by the long-lasting drought (Photo: SGGP)

Normally, rivers in the regions see at least minimal flooding by the end of May every year. However, this year, though June is nearly over, the floods have yet to arrive.

Big rivers like Vu Gia and Thu Bon in Quang Nam Province, Tra Khuc in Quang Ngai and La Tinh in Binh Dinh have been depleted. Many sections of Gianh River in Quang Binh Province have also dried up.

In Ha Tinh Province’s Thach Ha District, hundred of farmers tried to take water from small exhausted canals to their fields with bailers and buckets at noon on June 23.

Farmer Nguyen Hoanh Ty, 50, said that he was brokenhearted to see over half of his 5,500 square meters of rice burned and his fields charred.

In the neighboring province of Nghe An, Nguyen Duy Nam from Do Luong District said that he has never seen such a severe drought. Since the heavy rains of late September last year, he has yet seen significant precipitation.

Nguyen Thanh Tung, deputy chairman of My Son Commune, said that the commune has 410 hectares of agricultural land with a cultivation area of 120 hectares, all of whose plants have died off due to drought.

In Quang Nam Province, the intensely hot weather has changed the rice fields from green to yellow in districts of Thang Binh, Duy Xuyen and Dai Loc.

The condition is not any better in Binh Dinh Province where plenty of fields have been abandoned due to a shortage of irrigation water.

Depleted rivers and wells

At this time, the A Vuong hydropower plant reservoir and irrigation reservoirs like Phu Ninh, Khe Tan, Thai Xuan and Cao Ngan in Quang Nam Province are depleted.

Thu Bon River system’s water levels have plunged, worsening salt intrusion at river mouths.

In the neighboring province of Quang Ngai, the water levels of irrigation reservoirs have also been exhausted.

Thua Thien-Hue Province’s irrigation work management and exploitation company said that if the drought extends for one more week, about 30 percent of rice fields in the province will fade, with worst damaged areas being in Nam Dong and A Luoi Districts.

Meantime, at 11 islets in the middle of Gianh River in Quang Binh Province, residents are living amidst an area penetrated by seawater; they had been living off rainwater preserved in jars, which have run out.

Over the last two months, they have had to buy water at an exorbitant price of VND100,000 per cubic meter.

Hoang Xuan Hien in Mai Hoa Commune of Tuyen Hoa District lamented that his livelihood, carrying passengers by boat on the Gianh River, has been seriously affected as the river’s water level has plummeted.

Save rice

Deputy Chairman of Quang Nam Province People’s Committee Nguyen Ngoc Quang has approved a project to deal with drought-affected summer-autumn crops.

Accordingly, the province will spend over VND8 billion (US$421,000) to install water-pumping machines in fields. Drought prevention efforts will focus on the four most arid districts of Dai Loc, Dien Ban, Duy Xuyen and Thang Binh.

In addition, the province has also dammed up dikes to cope with salt penetration and has accumulated water from the upper reaches of rivers to pump in for agricultural production and the needs of daily life.

The People’s Committee of Binh Dinh Province has instructed the Water Supply and Environment Center to transport fresh water to thirsty areas rapidly. The province has also decided to finance drilling wells for farmers with a cost of about VND1.5 million per well.

However, several agricultural and irrigation officials from the central provinces said that if it does not rain within the next ten days, 30-40 percent of the summer-autumn rice crops in the central region will suffer a complete loss.

Source: SGGP

Central heat plagues residents’ life and crops

In Uncategorized on April 19, 2010 at 9:34 am

The persistent scorching weather with temperatures up to 41 Celsius degrees in the central region has dried up rivers in Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Tri and Ha Tinh Provinces, putting a host of rice fields in a severe shortage of irrigation water.

The long-lasting scorching weather raises the number of children hospitalized in Quang Nam Province. (Photo: SGGP)

In the northern central province of Quang Tri, about 1,000 hectares of rice in Dong Ha town and Cam Lo District has been in danger of dying off completely as Hieu River, the main water supply for irrigation, has been depleted.

Meanwhile, in Ha Tinh Province, thousands of hectares of rice in Duc Tho, Cam Loc, Thach Ha, and Loc Ha have experienced worse salt intrusion.

According to the province Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, since the end of March, the salinity has reached 3-4‰ while the permitted level for rice development is just below 1.2‰.

Farmers say that it takes VND30 million (US$1,500) per day for electricity alone to pump water into fields.

In addition, the drought has also bring more trouble for farmers in provinces from Nghe An to Quang Ngai as they have struggled to cope with the rage of pests and insects.

Of these, the black streaked dwarf rice disease has ruined thousands of hectares of rice, with rice being burnt and dwarf.

Thua Thien-Hue and Quang Tri Provinces People’s Committees have begun carrying out measures to control the disease.

Going to beaches to avoid heat

The sweltering weather together with regular power cut has sent central residents to beaches and parks to cool off.

In Quang Nam Province, thousands of people and tourists have flocked into beaches including Tam Thanh in Tam Ky town, Rang in Nui Thanh District and Cua Dai in Hoi An ancient town to cool off in early morning and late afternoon.

In Da Nang City, restaurants along Han River and beaches everyday see numerous of customers who come to seek for cool atmosphere.

In related news, 700,000 people in Mekong Delta Province of Ben Tre have suffered severe salt penetration in the entire localities.

The salt intrusion has damaged dozens of thousands hectares of coconut palms and other fruits plants in the province.

Thousands of flower and ornamental plant growers in Cho Lach District also lamented that the salt penetration has put them in a harsh shortage of irrigation water.

Meanwhile, residents in coastal districts of Binh Dai, Ba Tri and Thanh Phu have to buy potable water at a price of VND60,000-120,000 a cubic meter.

In several other areas of the province, people have been forced to use salt-infected tap water.

Source: SGGP

Severe drought damages Central Highlands crops

In Uncategorized on April 4, 2010 at 7:21 pm

Severe drought damages Central Highlands crops

QĐND – Sunday, April 04, 2010, 22:52 (GMT+7)

A long bout of sweltering weather in the Central Highlands is creating havoc for residents as crops are dying and freshwater levels in rivers are being depleted at an alarming rate.

According to provincial agriculture and rural development departments, drought conditions are affecting large areas in the region. Geologists say that underground water sources are also severely declining as the days go by.

In Gia Lai Province’s eastern districts of Kong Chro, Krong Pa, Dak Po and Kbang, the parching conditions have put thousands of farmers’ crops in danger.

In Mang Yang District, the water dearth is threatening 1,000 hectares of rice.

Water levels at most irrigation works and rivers have slumped and are now one to two meters lower than last year during the same period.

Dinh Xuan Duyen, head of the Krong Pa District Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said that thousands of hectares of tobacco, fruit and vegetables in the district are dying from a lack of water.

The daily activities of locals are also suffering. Residents have been transporting water each day in containers from the Ba River, as all wells have now dried up, he said.

Meanwhile, as of March 31, Dak Lak Province had 5,000 hectares of rice, coffee and maize suffering drought conditions, with 780 hectares in danger of dying off completely.

According to the Central Highlands’ Hydro Meteorological Center, this year’s rainy season will come late compared with previous years, which means all water sources could continue drying up in the coming months.

Experts have said the Central Highlands should reduce areas used to cultivate coffee and instead increase areas to grow forests, as this will help the area retain more water in the future.

Source: SGGP

Source: QDND