Farmers of the Trường Khương A Commune Co-operative in Cần Thơ City use bags to protect young milk apples from pests. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Liêm CẦN THƠ — More rice farmers in Cần Thơ City have switched to other crops or have rotated the cultivation of rice with other crops to increase income and cope with drought. Farmer Trần Ngọc Thới in Ô Môn District’s Trường Lạc Ward, for example, turned his 1ha of rice field to Ido longan two years ago. He harvested longan early this year and had a yield of 8.8 tonnes, with a profit of VNĐ200 million (US$8,600) from the first crop. Profits from longan are three times higher than from rice, he said. Most rice fields in Trường Lạc Ward had switched to high-value fruit like durian, longan and jackfruit, he said. Other farmers in the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta city rotated the cultivation of rice and other short-term crops to save irrigation water. Lê Thanh Phong, who owns 2.1ha of rice field in Thốt Nốt District’s Thuận An Ward, said he would switch to sesame and watermelon for the summer-autumn crop because of prolonged hot weather and the high location of his field. In last year’s… Read full this story
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