In the past few years, provincial authorities provided bank loans for farmers to plant high yield, quality cashew hybrids to obtain a bigger crop output. Although agriculture officials said a kilogram of cashew nuts was selling for VND15,000, crop failure could cause losses of hundreds of millions of dong to farmers.
Farm owners in southeastern provinces have also invested in fruit trees including mango, longan, and tangerines, with many of these orchards partly damaged by recent rains. In the Central Highlands provinces of Lam Dong and Dak Nong, wild sunflowers along the roads have wilted as a result of the cold snap in the north in the last two months.
The stunted growth of wild sunflowers has worried farmers because the plant provides a rich supply of fertiliser, keeps the land fertile and is highly resistant to land erosion.
Scientists of the Southern Agricultural Science and Technical Institute in a Co-operation programme with
Nguyen Van Sinh, deputy director of
The seas could rise and flood large parts of ricefields and threaten tree-growing areas in the southeastern and
To cope with natural disasters caused by global climate change, scientists were urged to provide guidelines for farmers to restructure their crops and reschedule crop time to mitigate losses.Map of Vietnam, CIA Factbook, Wikimedia Commons