According to Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong, the winter crop agricultural production areas in Vietnam’s northern provinces was expected to increase by 20 percent to meet the increasing demand from China.
Since earlier this year, the agriculture sector had been exposed to double risks of the COVID-19 pandemic and epidemics in livestock and poultry, as well as natural disasters, said Cuong. In such circumstances, the sector set two goals to organise the production of food for 100 million people and meet export demand. So far, a total cultivated area of 6.7 million hectares had been planted, he said.
The most important tasks for farmers in the northern provinces was to focus on producing the winter crop, because of favourable natural conditions in 31 provinces and cities who experience cold winters, which could be considered an advantage for agricultural production, Cuong added.
“The winter crop has short production time but high economic value and is less affected by natural disasters and pests. If the production was well organised, reaping 200-300 million VND (8,600-13,000 USD) per hectare was possible," he said told en.vietnamplus.vn.
The ministry sets a target of increasing this year’s winter-spring crop area to 430,000-450,000ha, rising 20 percent compared to last year’s crop, while the yield was expected to reach 4.6-4.9 million tonnes, increasing 10-15 percent against previous years.