Farmers earn high profits from clean shrimp-rice cultivation

Farmers in B​en Tre ​province’s Th​anh Phu district harvest organic rice. Photo: VNA)   Ben Tre (VNA) – Farmers in Ben Tre province’s Thanh Phu district have earned high profits from rotating rice and shrimp cultivation in the same rice field.  Farmers in the coastal district grow rice in the rainy season when fresh water is available and breed “clean” shrimp or other aquatic species in the dry season when saline water intrusion occurs.In An Nhon commune, which has more than 7,000ha of rice, most farmers are now growing clean rice or organic rice.Farmers use chemical fertilisers for clean rice and organic fertilisers for organic rice, while no pesticides are used for clean rice or organic rice.    When rice fields are infected with brown planthoppers, farmers allow water to enter the fields and submerge rice plants to their tops to kill the pests.Le Van Mien, who owns a 1.3ha rice field in An Nhon’s An Hoa hamlet, said he has grown organic rice for three years and that all of his rice is guaranteed an outlet by a company.In 2017, he received 8,500 VND a kg for his rice, 1,000 VND higher than the market price.Farmers face difficulties when growing organic rice for some crops as the output of organic rice fields is lower than that of clean rice fields, he said.”However, the output of organic rice fields will increase steadily after each crop,” he said.Farmer Le Van Phuc in the same hamlet said the average profit for organic rice is…

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