HCMC supports apricot farmers

Ho Chi Minh City authority decided to give VND7 million (US$312.9) to support apricot farmers in An Phu Dong Ward of the city’s district 12 as many of the tree are bare and its roots are decayed.

Most of apricot farmers are poor people who expected to sell the tree ahead of Tet holidays ( Lunar New Year) to earn living.

Farmer Pham Thanh Dung said that he burst into tears when seeing the trees gradually die in the garden. Over 300 apricots died in his garden near the Tu Trang small canal because of flooding. The loss is estimated around VND50 million (US$2,235). He added that before the area had not submerged residents there grew vegetables and ornamental plants but since the construction of dykes along the Tu Trang canal, it is flooded all the time.

Similarly, farmer Pham Van Tuan who planted 2,000 apricot trees is sad because flooding had made the trees all die and he lost around VND80 million (US$3,577).

According to inhabitants in the district, the Tu Trang canal was put into operation one year but because workers did not build drain system; consequently the area is submerged all the time and apricot farmers fell into despairs.

Exchanging with Sai Gon Giai Phong newspaper reporter, deputy chairman of  the ward People’s Committee Bui Minh Tan said that the area is 0.8 – 1 meter lower than Sai Gon River water level; accordingly the flooding usually happens.  He supposed that the tree died because farmers did not improve the soil.

However the commune authority still supported VND7 million each household which grow the tree.

In addition the local administration will petitioned to improve the drain system in the district including the Tu Trang canal.

By Minh Hai - Translated by Anh Quan

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