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Mekong Delta produces 20.6 million tonnes of rice

Can Tho, September 23 (VNA) – The Mekong Delta has harvested 20.6 million tonnes of rice, planted during the winter-spring and summer-autumn sowing seasons, accounting for more than 82 percent of the region’s target, the Mekong Delta Rice Research Institute reported.

The region recorded a 9.6 million tonnes harvest of rice in the summer-autumn crop alone, up by 200,000 tonnes compared to the same period last year.

This is attributable to the use of disease-resistant and high-yield varieties, the institute said.

Farmers in Tien Giang, Long An, Ben Tre, Tra Vinh, Soc Trang, Bac Lieu, Ca Mau, Kien Giang and Hau Giang received over 100tonnes of drought-resistant and salt-tolerant rice seeds.

They also improved dykes and irrigation infrastructure to ensure a sufficient supply of freshwater for around 700,000ha of summer-autumn crops.

Nearly 300 billion VND (14.2 million USD) was provided to farmers in the form of loans to help them buy seedlings and equipment, and access advanced technology.