Vietnam’s rice output forecast at 45mn tonnes this year

paddy-vietnamThe winter rice is growing well due to favourable weather and good irrigation, MARD said. (Image source: Mee Lin Woon/sxc.hu)Vietnam is expected to produce 45mn tonnes of paddy rice in 2014, up almost 800,000 tonnes over 2013, according to Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD)

By mid-September this year, farmers in southern and Mekong Delta’s provinces harvested summer-autumn rice on 1.81mn ha, with average yields up 120 kilogram per hectare compared to previous year.

The Mekong Delta also harvested about half of the 625,000 ha planted with summer-autumn rice, according to Intellasia.

This year farmers across the country planted rice on more than 1,659mn ha for the winter crop, almost the same as the cultivation area in comparison with 2013,. MARD added.

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