Over the last one month, widespread and heavy rains and floods have caused severe damages to both humans and property in the central provinces.
According to statistics, during the rains and floods in five central provinces of Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien Hue and Quang Nam, over 9,000 hectares of rice and other crops were damaged and inundated.
Currently, the water has receded; therefore, the localities should quickly instruct and help people clean their fields, restore lightly affected areas and re-plant in flooded areas to ensure production.
Despite great damage to agricultural production, on the positive side, the rain and flooding washed away and cleaned the fields and treated pests and diseases while also providing the soils with fertile alluvium.
The area of replanted maize and vegetables after the rain and flooding in the flood-hit central provinces is expected to be around 39,000 hectares, including 25,500 hectares of maize and 13,300 hectares of other vegetables and crops. However, the prolonged rain, flooding, and inundation has caused a shortage of seeds, affecting the replanting after the water receded.
In the immediate future, the localities need to actively open up water flows, dredge canals and drains in the fields, while making full use of seeds stored in the area to be ready for re-planting. For the completely damaged vegetable areas, localities should prepare seeds for replanting once the weather is favourable, especially short-term vegetables, to ensure supply for the market, avoiding food scarcity.