10,259 million tons of rice harvested in the 2016-2017 crop. Photo: canthotv.vn

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), the region has harvested 10,259 million tons of rice in the crop, up 188,375 tons from the same period in 2015-2016.

The region planted more than 1.5 million ha of rice in the crop, down 22,630 ha against the previous winter-spring crop, with an average yield of 6.7 tons a hectare.

The ministry said in the rest of 2017, drastic measures will be put forth to deal with poor weather and the impacts of climate change such as drought and saline intrusion.

The region will plant over 1.6 million ha of rice in the 2017 summer-autumn crop, hoping to reach an estimated output of 9.45 million tons, up nearly 437,000 tons against the 2016 summer-autumn crop.

Meanwhile, the area of the autumn-winter crop is set to decline more than 10,443 ha compared to the same crop of 2016, aiming for a yield of nearly 4.56 million tons, more than 126,000 tons higher than the 2016 autumn-winter crop.

Rice varieties resistant to drought and salt water such as OM 6976, OM 2517, OM 5629, among others, will be used for the crops.

According to MARD Deputy Minister Le Quoc Doanh, over 800,000 ha of the 2016-2017 winter-spring crop has not yet been harvested, so regional localities need to take measures to achieve maximum output.

He also suggested regional farmers plant high-quality rice varieties.

Agencies under the MARD and localities in the region were asked to pay attention to fighting plant-diseases, especially in the context of unfavorable weather at present.

Source: VNA