Delta focus on farming to help beat inflation

Can Tho City and 12 provinces in the Mekong Delta have focuses on agriculture to implement a government resolution that aims to curb inflation and secure livelihoods.

Vuong Binh Thanh, deputy chairman of the An Giang Province People’s Committee, said of An Giang’s five action plans to implement Government Resolution 11, the provision of loans for production, business, agricultural and rural development was the key. “We are is concentrating on growing the coming summer-autumn rice crop and autumn-winter rice crop,” Thanh told Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon) newspaper.

Dong ThapProvince has also strengthened production targeting more than 3 million tonnes of paddy this year and moved to control disease outbreaks for livestock and poultry flocks.

Nguyen Ton Hoang, deputy chairman of the Dong Thap Province People’s Committee, said these were the two most important focuses in complying with Government Resolution 11.

With rice covering nearly 2 million ha, the Delta – the country’s rice granary – plans to produce 21-22 million tonnes of paddy this year, according to local authorities of Can Tho City and the 12 provinces.

New varieties

To meet the target, Can Tho City and the provinces will grow new rice varieties that are pest resistant, locally suited, high yield and quality consistent.

The Delta aims to export 5.5 million tonnes of rice this year.

Relating to aquaculture production, the Delta is restructuring aquaculture cultivation, focusing on increasing productivity in specialised areas.

Ca Mau Province, which leads in shrimp farming, has been very effective with rice-shrimp cultivation models this year.

Duong Tien Dung, deputy chairman of the Ca Mau Province People’s Committee, said this year Ca Mau intended to export US$1 billion of shrimp while maintaining and expanding its rice cultivation area.

The Delta has 6,000-8,000ha of tra and basa fish farms this year, mostly in Dong Thap, An Giang and Ben Tre provinces and Can Tho City, up 600-80ha against last year.

Bigger breeding areas

Delta authorities want more large tra fish breeding areas of 10-ha-plus each, in order to avoid polluting rivers and canals.

The localities will also strengthen co-operation between tra fish breeders and processors to guarantee sales. Tra and basa output is projected at 1.3 million tonnes this year. Of that, 600,000-650,000 tonnes will be exported, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The ministry has also asked for the upgrade of four provincial-level tra breeding centres that produce high quality and disease free-tra fries in An Giang, Dong Thap and Ben Tre provinces and Can Tho City into regional – level tra breeding centres.

Source: Vietfish International

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