Several areas of sugarcanes in Hau Giang defoliate due to flooding

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Hundreds farmers in Phung Hiep District of Hau Giang Province in the Mekong Delta are on pins and needles as their sugarcane fields have been submerged under water for several days due to floods and high tides.

Several areas of sugarcanes are flooded, causing their leaves to turn yellow. (Photo: SGGP)

Several areas of sugarcanes are flooded, causing their leaves to turn yellow. (Photo: SGGP)

Mr. Tong Hoang Anh, a farmer in Tan Long Commune in Phung Hiep District, said that one hectare of Roc 16 variety sugarcanes of his family has been inundated for more than 40 centimeters under water for many days. Due to flooding, sugarcanes which have passed the harvest date shed their leaves rapidly.

There are several farmers in the same situation as Mr. Tong Hoang Anh, so they are longing for Phung Hiep sugar refinery to start its operation as scheduled. 

‘Floods along with high tides have caused a large number of sugarcane areas to be flooded. Some flooded sugarcane areas have defoliated. The province has been supervising the commitment to come into operation on October 10 of Phung Hiep Sugar Refinery to help farmers to consume their sugarcanes,’ said Mr. Tran Chi Hung, director of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of Hau Giang Province.

According to the agriculture department of Phung Hiep District, the district has more than 6,400 hectares of sugarcanes this year. In the past months, farmers had harvested nearly 1,000 hectares of sugarcanes. At the present, there are around 5,400 hectares of sugarcanes left, but around 70 percent of the remaining areas have been being flooded from 10-30 centimeters under water for five to more than 10 days. Several areas of sugarcanes have seen their leaves turning red.

Mr. Phan Thanh Lam, deputy head of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of Phung Hiep District, said that if high tides continue to occur, sugarcanes will suffer loss in productivity and quality. The sugar refinery should prioritize collecting early-ripening sugarcane varieties and increase the number of workers and vehicles to transport harvested sugarcanes to the sugar refinery to avoid loss in productivity and quality.

By Cao Phong – Translated by Thuy Doan

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