Central region crops washed away in floods, faces seed shortage

Unseasonal rains in the last few days have submerged tens of thousands of hectares of rice and vegetables in the central provinces, causing a severe shortage of seedlings, preventing farmers from planting crops afresh.

A farmer in Thua Thien-Hue Province takes advantage of sunny weather to plant vegetables. Recent floods washed away crops in many central provinces, leaving farmers desperately short of seeds (Photo:SGGP)

The Thua Thien-Hue Province Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said on January 5 that 4,660 hectares of recently planted fields have been flooded in Quang Dien, Phu Vang, Huong Tra, Huong Thuy, and Phong Dien Districts and Hue.

Farmers are making efforts to replant the winter-spring crop but there are only 100 tons of seeds in stock with the local authorities, and this will meet only around 20 per cent of the demand.

The latter are seeking assistance from the Government to procure around 550 tons of rice seeds.

The situation is similar in Quang Ngai. Deputy chairman of the province People’s Committee ordered the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to supply farmers 300 tons of seeds. Binh Son and Mo Duc Districts have bought 115 tons and 100 tons of seeds.

Farmers in Binh Dinh Province’s Tuy Phuoc, Hoai Nhon, Phu Cat, Tay Son, and Phu My Districts and Quy Nhon city have received 165 tons of seeds.

The local Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said they need 1,000 tons and has sought the assistance of cooperatives and seed centers to sell seeds.

Quang Nam Province on January 5 distributed around 1,000 tons of rice provided by the central Government to farmers in 18 districts and Tam Ky town who lost their crops in the last floods.
 
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By Staff writers - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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