12/09/2017 13:26 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

Winter crops to span 410,000 ha in northern region

Hanoi, September 12 (VNA) – Northern provinces aim to cultivate the upcoming winter crop on 410,000 hectares, up 10,000 hectares from the same period last year. 

The cultivation is hoped to yield an average of 65-70 million VND (2,860 – 3,080 USD) per hectare, with total production value hitting up to 28 trillion VND (1.23 billion USD). 

Weather forecasts for the crop are favourable, with abundant water from reservoirs making up for limited rainfall. 

At a working session on the 2017 winter crop held by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on September 11, Nguyen Hong Son, head of the Cultivation Department, urged northern localities to use all necessary measures to attain the production area targeted. 

Son said apart from maize as the major plant for kernels and byproducts, attention should also be paid to fruit and vegetables with high commercial value. 

The northern winter crop plays an important role in the agriculture sector in Vietnam. 

According to a report by the Cultivation Department, cultivation area of the crop last year shrunk compared from 2015, but returned higher revenue of 25 trillion VND (1.1 billion USD), an annual increase of 2.7 trillion VND (118.8 million USD).