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 in constant anxiety. When more fresh water comes in, An Giang, Dong Thap, Long An and Tien Giang’s people spend sleepless nights on patrol for fear for dykes collapsing.

In the years when rainy season ends early and there is not much fresh water, farmers in coastal provinces of Ben Tre, Tra Vinh, Soc Trang, Bac Lieu, Ca Mau, Hau Giang and Kien Giang fear for crop failure because of saline intrusion.

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