Last year the southern region had a very successful bumper rice crop with total output of more than 30 million tons, said Bui Ba Bong, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, at a meeting on January 25 to review rice production in the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang.
|Rice being harvested in the Mekong Delta (Photo: SGGP)|
Cultivable area increased and so did productivity and output to yield more than 30 million tons in the southern region last year, an increase of 1.45 million tons over 2011.
The total rice output of the country was nearly 44 millions ton in 2012.
This year, Vietnam wants to maintain the present rice cultivable area, strive to increase productivity and output, improve rice quality for export and broaden rice production under Good Agricultural Practice standards.