An Giang (VNA) – It’s time to comprehensively reform rice production since the staple plays an irreplaceable role in the country’s agriculture, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc emphasized while chairing a conference on March 15 to seek ways to develop the sector sustainably in the Mekong Delta – the rice hub of the country. The Mekong Delta provides up to 90 percent of Vietnam’s rice export volume thanks to special advantages for agriculture such as flat terrain, fertile soil, and abundant water supply from the Mekong River. Vietnamese rice has been shipped to more than 150 countries with China, the Philippines, Malaysia, and the Ivory Coast as the biggest importers. An estimated 787,235 tonnes of rice worth over 328 million USD were exported in the first two months of 2017, down 18.5 percent in volume and 21.4 percent in value from a year earlier. The rice sector is facing a high loss rate and over-15-percent broken accounting for up to 36 percent of export rice, according to reports at the conference in Long Xuyen city of An Giang province. Other problems in the Mekong Delta include climate change impacts such as drought, sea level rise, and saltwater intrusion, along with… Read full this story
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