In addition to traditional duck-farming methods such as grazing on fields or canals, farmers in Dong Khoi Commune, Chau Thanh District, Tay Ninh Province have applied a new form of farming, which is raising ducks on net to ensure clean environment, increase productivity, and limit diseases.
Ducks farmed with this model are super lean ducks with a breeding time of 45-50 days. The average weight of each duck when being sold to the market is 3 to 3.3 kilograms. Farming net is made of iron combined with trellis. For cooling systems, farmers install automatic mist sprayers on the roof and in the coop.
Each year, farmers can raise 6 flocks, with 6,000 ducks each flock. With the current selling price of VND47,000/kilogram, after deducting the costs, farmers can earn a profit of VND150-200 million/batch.
With three-quarters of the area characterized by hilly region and sunny climate, Ninh Thuan Province has favorable conditions to develop many kinds of endemic and high-value medicinal plants.
Some individuals and businesses have invested in this potential field of growing medicinal plants in Ninh Thuan Province.
For example, the experimental model of growing Polyscias fruticosa with GACP criteria is successful. GACP stands for “Good Agricultural and Collection Practices,” developed by Nha Ho Research Institute for Cotton and Agricultural Development (Nhaho – RICOTAD). Through propagation and experimentation of 80,000 Polyscias fruticosa, the model initially shows that the plants adapt well to climate and soil conditions in the province.
Additionally, there are also other projects growing medicinal plants implemented in large areas such as farming Morinda citrifolia trees and Polyscias fruticosa, growing Paramignya trimera, and planting Amomum Longiligulare.
In the past few days, due to the impact of the storm No. 3 in Dak Lak province, continuous heavy rains with strong wind caused many areas of durian collapsed. The areas of durian were to be harvested. Thus, the storm results in great losses and economic burdens for many people.
The whole province of Dak Lak has about 6,000 hectares of durian. Of which, 3/4 are being harvested. Due to erratic weather conditions, heavy rain accompanied by whirlwinds, most durian gardens in the region suffer from losses of 1 – 2 quintals to several tons/household. Some households are severely affected because their durians show signs of broken branches, falling trees, and damaged roots.
Local authorities are recommending and guiding people to take initiative in taking care of their durian gardens, and taking appropriate measures to protect or limit damages caused by natural disasters.
Farmers, Agriculture, Countryside:
According to Ca Mau Province, from August 2 to August 7, 2019, the total value of damages caused by storm No. 3 and sea level rise is estimated at nearly VND32 billion.
Natural disasters have collapsed hundreds of houses, buildings, and schools. There are also river landslide with a length of 195 meters; 1,781 houses flooded; 471 shrimp ponds and 2,540 meters of rural roads were destroyed.
In addition, heavy rain caused damage in more than 100 hectares of summer-autumn rice, mainly located in Tran Van Thoi District.
Living and Environment:
In the first 6 months of 2019, authority of Hai Phong City found 9 invasive species that exist in the area’s natural environment.
Not only red-eared sliders, but other invasive and dangerous species of plants or animals appear in the region. The species are harmful to the environment. Yet, they are being sold publicly in the city. Currently, popular are types of these invasive species people are buying are algae eater fish or five-color flower plants.
Previously, farmers in the city suffered from invasive species such as golden apple snail and common water hyacinth. Currently, the management and prevention of invasive species in this local is not effective. This issue may potentially cause dangerous consequences for farming activities.
Pet, Flowers and Ornamental Plants:
Statistics of the Chrysanthemum-Farming Cooperative Board of Mang Lin in Da Lat City show that all 41,200 square meters of Chrysanthemum grown in greenhouse are destroyed because of a heavy rain on August 8. The farming area are grown by 14 members of this Cooperative.
With the market price of VND3,300/branch of Chrysanthemum in the first week of August, it is estimated that the damage caused farmers a loss of VND700 million/hectare of buds, and VND1, 7 billion/hectare of blooming flowers.
If growers replant Chrysanthemum in the flooded area, it takes them at least 60 days for the soil to dry again before planting.
By Sonia LV