authorities warn about excessive rice stock
Authorities in the Mekong
Delta said farmers might face losses from excessive supply due to
overproduction of Japanese rice varieties.
Farmers growing Japanese rice en mass
Thousands of hectares of Japanese rice has been grown as
the rice is suitable for various types of soil and doesn't attract many
pests. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has only tested and
agreed to grow this rice in the Red River Delta and northern mountainous
Even though the Mekong Delta authorities haven't given permission to mass
cultivate this variety, it has been sowed across 43,000 hectares, mostly in
Kien Luong, Hon Dat and Giang Thanh districts.
Farmer Do Le Huu in Hon Dat District said there were perks that growing
traditional rice didn't have. "The output is much higher and I don't
have to worry about the market as I have a contract with a distribution
company," he said.
While 30,000 hectares of rice are under contract to wholesalers, another
13,000 hectares have been cultivated by the farmers. The authorities worry
that the oversupply might cause a price drop as Japanese rice is still new to
Nguyen Van Tam, director of Kien Giang Province Department of Agriculture and
Rural Development, said, "Because more and more companies are buying
Japanese rice farmers in the south have bought the seeds from the northern
region to grow on their own. We’re waiting for ministerial directives."
However, according to the companies, they only buy a specific amount of rice
from contracted farmers.
Bui Hung Truong, deputy head of Ethnic Affair Department, said farmers
weren’t used to the new rice so there were still pests. In addition, these
areas are often flooded and farmers cannot time the planting process to avoid
The local authorities advised farmers to grow Japanese rice only under