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22/05/2023 - 17:13

Long An province will have 120,000 hectares of high-quality rice by 2030

The project of sustainable development of 1 million hectares of high-quality specialized rice in association with green growth in Mekong Delta region aims to form a concentrated, large and stable commodity raw material area, creating favorable conditions for the reorganization of rice production in the Mekong Delta region towards modernity, meeting multi-purposes. Participating in the project, the province registered for an area of 120,000 hectares.

The project sets the common goal of forming a high-quality rice-growing area with a production system organized along a value chain, applying sustainability standards to adapt to climate change, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions; improving the efficiency of production system, business and income of rice growers, ensuring national food security; stabilizing society and improving the quality and reputation of Vietnamese rice products in the world market.

At the same time, the project also sets a specific goal that by 2025, the cultivated area of high-quality rice-growing area of Mekong Delta region will reach 500,000 hectares with an average profit increase of about 30%; By 2030, the rice cultivation area in the whole region will reach 1 million hectares with an average profit increase of over 40%. The project will be implemented in 12 provinces and cities in the Mekong Delta region, in which, Long An with the rice-growing area of Dong Thap Muoi registered to implement 120,000 hectares. Specifically, by 2025, the province will have 60,000 hectares of high-quality rice and by 2030 the area will be 120,000 hectares.

The province registers to implement the project with an area of 120,000 hectares

According to Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the province's annual rice cultivation area reaches over 500,000 hectares, with the output of about 2.8 million tons and the yield of 6.5-7 tons/hectares. In recent years, the province has shifted the structure of rice varieties from low to high-quality rice such as OM5451, OM18, Jasmin 85, RVT, Dai Thom 8, ST24, ST25, etc. Currently, high-quality varieties reach over 90% of the total area of rice cultivation in the province, satisfying market demand.

In Vinh Hung district, over 400 hectares of rice in Tuyen Binh Tay commune has been brought into the high-quality rice production area. According to many farmers, high-quality rice cultivation brings about 15% higher efficiency than traditional rice. In case of specialized and large-scale production, the efficiency will certainly continue to be improved.

Mr. Nguyen Van Binh (Tuyen Binh Tay commune, Vinh Hung district) said: “I am cultivating 2 hectares of rice. Since participating in the high-quality rice production model, I can sell rice at a high price in every crop. Therefore, I strongly support this model and strictly follow the production process that the technical staff of the commune and district has instructed.” From the consensus of farmers, the link among State - entrepreneurs - scientists - farmers to build the high-quality rice-growing area has been strengthened, step by step improving rice quality, helping farmers get rich from rice.

High-quality rice production contributes to stablizing output for farmers

Thanh Hoa district also has 200 hectares of high-quality rice cultivation area in the closed dike area of Thanh An commune. Recently, the rice production of the people has always been supported by the district's agriculture sector. As a result, the yield and quality of rice are improving year by year.

Head of Agriculture and Rural Development Department of Thanh Hoa district - Nguyen Kinh Kha informed: “Sustainable high-quality rice production is to ensure the quality of living environment and increase income for farmers. In the coming time, the district will continue to improve the quality of cooperatives' operations to promote production linkages and enhance the value chain of district's rice industry.

According to Director of Department of Agriculture and Rural Development - Nguyen Thanh Truyen, the project not only aims at economic efficiency, food security, creating higher incomes for farmers but also ensures many goals in the current situation such as adapting to climate change, reducing the amount of methane (which causes greenhouse gas effect) caused by rice farming. At the same time, the implementation of the project contributes to transforming farmers' production thinking, aiming to improve quality, added value and develop sustainable agriculture for the Mekong Delta provinces in general and Long An province in particular./.

By Bui Tung - Translated by Q. Thien