MoIT proposes two solutions to resolve rice congestion in Mekong Delta

The office of the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT), on the afternoon of August 16, informed that its leader had signed an official dispatch to the Prime Minister, reporting on the consumption of paddy and commodity rice in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic in the ...

SGGP

INSIGHT - If your coffee's going downhill, blame climate change

Coffee leader Brazil is turning to stronger and more bitter robusta beans, which are hardier in the heat than the delicate arabica, in a sign of how climate change is affecting global markets – and shaping our favourite flavours. Brazil is the world’s biggest producer of ...

Reuters

Ministry eyes green lane for waterway rice transport

The Ministry of Industry and Trade wants a green lane in waterways for rice transport since 95 percent of the grain in the Mekong Delta is transported by water. The delta is Vietnam’s rice bowl. It said difficulty in harvesting and transporting paddy in the south ...

Anh Minh

Rice supply chain in Mekong Delta may be broken

Rice traders’ inactivity, perfunctory function of processing plants and businesses’ reluctance to export the grain threaten to break the supply chain in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam’s rice bowl. Tran Van Nam of Thoi Lai District, Can Tho City, said he has harvested some 20 tons of ...

Cuu Long

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

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 ...

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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 ...

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