Drought destroys vast rice, coffee plantations

Severe and long lasting drought accompanied with extreme water shortage has completely devastated about 6,873 hectares under coffee and rice cultivation in the central and central highland regions as reported on April 12, said Dang Duy Dien, an official from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Severe water shortage is affecting large coffee growing areas in the Central Highlands (File photo: SGGP)

Almost 106,000 hectares of cultivable area is facing water shortage, of which 25,000 hectares is under coffee plantation and 62,000 hectares under rice cultivation.

The cold front over the last three days has brought mild rainfall across several provinces such as Lai Chau, Yen Bai, Thai Binh, Ha Tinh, Quang Nam, Phu Yen, Gia lai, Binh Phuoc and Ba Ria-Vung Tau.

The rain showers have brought some respite to crops and eased water shortage. However, at only 19-31mm, it is still inadequate.


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By Van Phuc – Translated by Hai Mien

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