At the lowland areas in Tran Van Thoi District, flooding has lasted for a long time, and the rice fell, so the combine harvester could not harvest rice. Meanwhile, the labor for cutting rice was scarce, so many rice fields were overripe without harvesters.
During recent days, police, soldiers, and border guards have helped farmers to harvest about 2,870 hectares of ripe summer-autumn rice submerged in water. Currently, these forces continue to help farmers to harvest rice.
In Bac Lieu Province, more than 20,000 hectares of rice were affected in varying degrees. Of which, more than 7,000 hectares of autumn-winter rice seedlings were lost. Currently, many areas of late summer-autumn rice are flooded, and rice has sprouted but still cannot be harvested.
According to the departments of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Mekong Delta provinces, although it has been sunny for the past few days, the progress of harvesting flooded rice farmers remains slow. Because the rice has fallen and submerged in water for a long time, so the combine harvester could not cut it. Meanwhile, there is a shortage of labor.
According to traders, the prolonged flooding situation affects much the quality of rice, so the prices of paddy have dropped sharply. Currently, traders buy paddy at a price, which is VND1,000-VND1,500 per kilogram lower than before. Many farmers said that they suffered heavy losses in this rice crop.