Agriculture

Agricultural commodities, processing and products

Invasive caterpillar threatens Mekong Delta coconut ‘kingdom’

Some 150 hectares (370 acres) of coconut groves in Ben Tre Province have been damaged by a caterpillar species endemic to India and Sri Lanka. In mid-March trunks of dead coconut trees could be seen scattered along either side of National Highway 60 in Chau Thanh ...

Hoang Nam

Seasonal organic rice revival in Mekong Delta

The figure was forecast to increase 9% in the period 2019-2025 and reach US$2.78 billion by 2025. In Vietnam, seasonal organic rice, which has been seemingly extinct after some time, is gradually reviving and proving its outstanding value to farmers and the ecology. In 2020, the ...

Nearly 3K illegal burn sites identified across Kingdom

Illegal burning of rice stubble and land at the periphery of forests continues to occur throughout the Kingdom’s rural areas, especially in the north and northeast regions, according to officials who documented the activities on site. Wong Devorn, a civil servant and history professor, told The ...

Voun Dara

Making palm oil more sustainable

Palm oil has long been a major economic backbone of Southeast Asian economies, notably Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. But the undeniable environmental impact of extensive deforestation, haze and forest fires caused by oil palm plantations has given the industry a bad reputation that has been ...

APIRADEE TREERUTKUARKUL

Making Myanmar’s Markets Work for Safe Farmers

It was a Saturday morning and several people have started to gather around small stalls lined up along Nat Mauk Street near Yangon’s Kandawgyi Lake. There is nothing unusual seeing a weekend market packed with shoppers, some of them fresh from their early morning walk, ...

DWIGHT JASON RONAN

Rice agenda needs unity

The Thai Rice Exporters Association recently revised its estimation of Thai rice exports this year to five million tonnes, the lowest in 20 years, from a previous projection of 6.5 million tonnes. In contrast, India’s Rice Exporters Association estimates the country’s rice exports will jump by ...

OPED

Cambodian farmers to get crop protection insurance cover, thanks to Global Parametrics

Parametric and index-based disaster risk transfer company, Global Parametrics (GP), has announced its support for the AGRIBEE Crop Insurance Pilot to provide extreme weather protection cover for smallholder rice farmers in Cambodia. GP is providing cover for the transaction from its Natural Disaster Fund (NDF). Through ...

Mekong Delta should safeguard fruit orchards from saltwater in rivers: experts

The Mekong Delta region should take proactive measures to protect fruit orchards in the 2020 – 21 dry season as severe saltwater intrusion in rivers is forecast in the coming months, experts have said. The measures should include zoning areas for each type of fruit, securing irrigation water and providing extra care ...

Prices of banana up in Mekong Delta

In communes Minh Thuan and An Minh Bac, traders proposed to buy Siamese banana at the price of from VND8,000 to VND10,000 a bunch of banana, VND2,000 – VND4,000 higher than the early second quarter of the year.   Farmers in U Minh Thuong District have grown ...

Ngoc Dan - Translated by Anh Quan

Fruit prices go down because of decline of export

According to the Agro Processing and Market Development Authority and the Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development – IPSARD’s annual report of agro product price, dragon fruit dropped continuously to VND3,000- VND3,500 per kilogram in August while it had been VND6,000- ...

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