The Crop Production Department from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development stated that in 2018, rice farmers in the southern Vietnamese province switched 68,019 hectares of less productive land to more profitable crops.
Mekong delta farmers quit the rice cultivation on 62,233 hectares of land, in order to start growing other crops like maize, beans and fruits.
The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in An Giang province said that switching to more profitable crops generates more income. Corn farmers earn considerably less per square km of land than - for instance - chili growers or sweet potato farmers.
Growing veggies and fruits also earns good profits per hectare respectively for farmers in Tien Giang province. Durian, tangerine, grapefruit and mangoes are some of the new, higher-earning crops.
Farmers in Dong Thap Province also realized that fruit and vegetable cultivation brings in more money than growing rice. Small spring onions, okra and cabbages are consumed year-round in the Mekong delta and Ho Chi Minh City, promising good profits.
Therefore the Crop Production Department supports the switch from less-productive rice farming to growing more profitable crops. In 2019, the Mekong Delta provinces plan to switch 124,526 hectare of paddy fields into fields for other crops.