Agriculture

Agricultural commodities, processing and products

How Vietnam’s Rice-First Policy Weakened the Mekong Delta Against Climate Change

Citizens and government officials resorted to drastic measures this year to prepare for the annual dry season in Vietnam’s Mekong delta. As debate rages over the causes of and solutions to the drought, the government is building large reservoirs to deal with the increasingly dry delta. ...

Michael Tatarski

Mekong Delta farmers restructuring crop cultivation to better respond to climate change

Farmers in the Mekong Delta provinces changed time and crops for cultivation to adapt to the negative impacts of climate changes. Some moved farms back into hinterlands to easily take fresh water from upstreams. Others shifted to grow fruits that generate higher economic efficiency. With freshwater available ...

Authors: Huu Duc - Minh Dam. Translated by Hien Anh.

Abundant and sustainable talipot palm trees supply natural products

Cambodia has millions of sugar palms dotting the countryside and the multi-purpose tree is a national icon. Another lesser-known type of palm tree – the talipot palm – is not as common in Cambodia and has had less obvious uses traditionally for agriculture or industry. Now, ...

Roth Sochieata

Mekong Delta call for greater consumption of sweet potatoes to help farmers

Statistically, by the end of May 2021, Japanese purple sweet potato is grown in 266-ha land in Chau Thanh District with an output of 8,494 tons, mostly in Hoa Tan, Phu Long and Tan Phu communes.   Currently, farmers are facing difficulties in selling the vegetable; they ...

SGGP

Faced with climate challenges, Vietnamese rice farmers switch to shrimp

For years, Ta Thi Thanh Thuy toiled on a sliver of land sandwiched between the Mekong River and the South China Sea, a region widely known as Vietnam’s rice bowl, to grow the prized grain. But Thuy, along with many of her neighbours, has over the ...

Khanh Vu

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

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