Agriculture

Agricultural commodities, processing and products

Severe Drought in Mekong Region Reduces Rice Planting in Laos

Lao farmers have planted rice on less than half the country’s cultivable land this year because of a persistent drought in the Mekong River region that has seen severely reduced water levels and the delay of seasonal monsoon rains, which have yet to begin. Growers have ...

Mekong, south-east regions told to take advantages of technology and favourable climate to develop mushroom production

The Mekong Delta and south-eastern regions have great potential for growing mushroom year round thanks to their favourable climate and availability of vast quantities of agricultural by-products that can be used as inputs, according to the National Agricultural Extension Centre. Besides, farmers in the regions basically ...

Socfin Cambodia announces success of 2018 CSR initiatives

Socfin Cambodia, a leader in the development and management of rubber plantations in the Kingdom, announced its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) accomplishments in a press release issued on Monday. Socfin Cambodia, which is part of the Europe-based Socfin Group, operates in the Kingdom under two subsidiaries ...

Low-carbon farming the ‘NAMA’ way

More than 300 farmers gathered in a rice field in Suphan Buri province’s Baan Hua Mai Sung community rice centre to gain more experience and knowledge in earth-friendly farming practices during the Thai Rice NAMA Project’s kickoff event. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Doojduan Sasanavin, Deputy ...

Jirapan Boonnoon

Comment on “Designing river flows to improve food security futures in the Lower Mekong Basin”

Sabo et al. (Research Articles, 8 December 2017, p. 1270) used statistical relationships between flow and catch in a major Lower Mekong Basin fishery to propose a flow regime that they claim would increase catch, if implemented by proposed dams. However, their catch data were not ...

John G. Williams, Peter B. Moyle, Ashley S. Halls

Rice production in Vietnam's Mekong Delta took wrong path: expert

While the entire society was still in dreaming of being a rice export power, farmers were realistic, realizing that the higher the yield of rice, the lower profit they would get because of higher fertilizer and pesticide costs. Rice farmers in the Mekong Delta now live ...

Vietnam Culls 1.7 Million Pigs as Virus Spreads to New Areas

Vietnam culled more than 1.7 million pigs as African swine fever spread across the country, with officials warning the disease may penetrate sizable commercial farms next. About 5% of the nation’s pig population has been culled as the number of infected provinces and cities increased to ...

Mai Ngoc Chau

Mekong Delta fruit farmers enjoy bumper harvest, high prices

Farmers in the Mekong Delta have entered the peak fruit harvesting season, with bumper harvests and high selling prices. In Tra Vinh province, the peak harvest began early this month for specialty fruits like mangosteens, durians, rambutans and longans. Kha Van Hong, who has a 2,000 ...

Mekong district seeks to expand giant barb farming

Giồng Riềng District in Kiên Giang Province is expanding a breeding model for cá hô, or the giant barb, that offers farmers high incomes.  Several farmers have been breeding giant barbs in ponds and using commercially produced feed for them under a pilot model in the district’s ...

Mekong Delta prepares for summer-autumn rice crop

Authorities in the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta have warned farmers to sow the Summer-Autumn rice crop on schedule to ensure water for irrigation and avoid diseases. In areas where there is a water shortage, rice farmers have been encouraged to switch to grow drought-resistant crops. With assistance ...

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