Central provinces target 2.5 million tonnes of rice in upcoming crops
Updated : Friday, April 20, 2018 9:30 AM (GMT+0700)

TheMinistry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has asked South Central andCentral Highlands provinces to strive to produce at least 2.5 million tonnes ofrice in this year’s upcoming crops.

Illustrative image - Source: VNA

The MARD made the callduring a conference held in Buon Ma Thuot city of the Central Highlandsprovince of Dak Lak to review rice production in the 2017-2018 winter-springcrop in the regions and launch this year’s production plan.

Accordingly, the provincesplan to grow more than 448,600 ha of rice in this year’s upcoming crops, withhalf of them being planted in the summer-autumn crop.

The ministry also instructedthe provinces to arrange suitable time for rice growing and apply cultivationtechniques to avoid drought and lessen its impacts to rice production.

In the 2017-2018winter-spring crop, the South Central and Central Highlands provinces plantedmore than 320,470 ha of rice, yielding an estimated output of about 2.03million tonnes, a rise of 60,200 tonnes compared to last year’s crop.

The MARD reported that thecountry’s rice exports in the January – March period totalled 1.36 milliontonnes worth 669 million USD, representing year-on-year rises of 9.4 percent involume and 24 percent in value. China remained the top importer of Vietnameserice, accounting for 24.4 percent of total exports

Last year, Vietnam earned2.6 billion USD from exporting 5.8 million tonnes of rice.


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