Farmers give a lot, get little in return

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Former Deputy Prime Minister Vu Khoan said yesterday, June 28, the people hardest hit by inflation were the poor – and most of them were farmers. Rural residents sell food at a market in suburban Ha Noi. Inflation and rising food prices have made life particularly harder for farmers. Experts call on more support to…


Farmers worry about mining in Red River Delta

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VietNamNet Bridge – Despite serious public concerns on coal mining in the Red River Delta, Vietnam’s largest mining company still wants to go ahead with mining huge coal reserves in the Red River Delta, one of the most populated agricultural areas in the country. The Vietnam National Coal and Minerals Corporation is impatient in implementing…


Farmers switch to cassava as prices rise

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The area under cassava has increased sharply this year, especially in mountainous areas, after the price of the roots doubled recently compared to last year. The price traders pay for fresh cassava, which is being harvested now, is VND2,000 a kilogramme, while for dried cassava, it is VND4,800-5,000, as demand for exports skyrockets. In the…


Farmers fret over high fertiliser prices during growing season

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A strong increase in fertiliser prices during June has caused farmers, who need to spray their summer-autumn crops, much worry, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s Market Watch Team. Le Quoc Phong, deputy chairman of the Viet Nam Fertiliser Association and general director of the Binh Dien Fertiliser JSC, confirmed that urea and…


Mekong Delta’s fish farmers face tough time

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Pangasius farmers in the Mekong Delta are in a dilemma and on the verge of ruin as they are unable to sell large-sized fish while factories face a shortage of small-sized fish for processing. Farmers are in distress because traders refuse to buy their large-sized fish in the context that exporters prefer small-sized fish. Farmers…


Feed price rises trouble farmers

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Since early this year, animal feed prices have increased by up to 50 per cent, causing Vietnamese farmers much difficulty, according to the Livestock Production Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Local feed producers recently announced an increase in feed prices from VND150 to VND250 per kg. The price for raw materials…


Disease causes heavy losses for shrimp farmers

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Shrimp farmers in coastal provinces of the Mekong Delta are suffering unprecedented losses due to a disease that has infected tiger shrimp in 40,000 hectares of farm area. Pham Hoang Giang, head of the Bac Lieu Aquaculture Department, said microsporidiosis was the main cause of the losses. Right now there is no specific remedy for…


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