According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, African swine fever virus has been well controlled. After the epidemic, many localities focus on increasing their sounder quickly and effectively.
Up to now, large livestock businesses have increased the number of pigs by 5-15% compared to the same period in 2018, the time when African swine fever virus was widespread.
Currently, the total number of pigs in the country is 24 million. Of which, there are about 2.7 million sows. Under a good control of diseases, especially African swine cholera, domestic livestock can ensure the supply of pork of more than 4 million tons in 2020.
Binh Phuoc Province currently has 14,500 hectares of pepper with an output of 25,000 tons. To produce clean pepper products that meet export standards of Europe, the Americas and other difficult markets, since 2013, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has cooperated with the Netherlands Development Organization and the Nedspice Processing Vietnam Ltd. to implement the project “Developing a Sustainable Pepper Supply Chain.”
After 7 years of application with 3 stages, so far, the project has been implemented in 6 districts. It establishes 66 clubs and groups producing clean pepper with about 2,000 households participating.
In 2019, Nedspice Processing Vietnam Ltd. purchased 3,950 tons of pepper produced by participating clubs at a lower price than the market price. The company also purchased from non-participant households with a total output of about 10,000 tons/year. Products of quality standards are paid more by the company in order to encourage farmers to produce clean pepper and strengthen the link between farmers and businesses.
Bac Giang Province has just issued a production plan with the goal of exporting fresh lychee products to Japan in 2020.
Accordingly, this year, specialized agencies in collaboration with the Plant Protection Department, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, and export businesses will set up surveys to grant area codes for 50 hectares of lychee, which has an output of 300 – 400 tons eligible for export to Japan.
In addition, the province also maintains 18 lychee-planting area codes eligible for export to the U.S. in an area of 218 hectares. Of which, 40 hectares of lychee have been certified GlobalGAP standard in Luc Ngan District in 2019.
Farmers, Agriculture, Countryside:
Saline intrusion and drought severely affect production activities of people in Ca Mau Province, especially in the freshwater area of Tran Van Thoi District. Early drought has caused water to dry up, causing water shortage in rice and vegetable fields. This situation leads to heavy losses.
According to statistics of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of Ca Mau Province, as of January 31, 2020, the total area of rice fields damaged and at risk of drought damage in the province are nearly 41,600 hectares. Of which, already damaged area is over 16,800 hectares. In particular, area with 30-70% damage is more than 3,700 hectares; area with damage of over 70% is nearly 12,800 hectares. In terms of vegetables, the total area at risk of being affected by drought and yield reduction is 340 hectares in Tran Van Thoi District.
Living and Environment:
According to functional departments of Ca Mau Province, the province has more than 42,000 hectares of cajuput forests and other types of forests in island clusters at risk of fire due to the effects of drought.
The forest area of high fire danger warning is concentrated in communes of U Minh District. In particular, a part of the area is located in the forest of U Minh Ha National Park.
Pet, Flowers and Ornamental Plants:
After the Lunar New Year holiday, in many gardens and orchards in Hung Yen Province, gardeners again enter the cycle of caring for bonsai and ornamental plants.
Thang Loi Commune, Van Giang District of Hung Yen Province currently has 160 hectares growing oranges, grapefruits and kumquats as ornamental plants. These days, gardeners here are focusing cutting fruits, pruning, tilling to prepare for the next ornamental plant crop.
In previous years, after the Lunar New Year, lobster trade was very active in Phu Yen Province. This year, due to the impact of Corona disease, lobster export to China market is temporarily suspended. Many traders and businesses have stopped buying lobster for export.
According to functional agencies, there are currently about 70,000 commercial lobster cages in Song Cau Town. Of which, nearly 10,000 cages have lobster for harvest waiting to be purchased.
Before the Lunar New Year, the price of lobster was relatively high. Tropical rock lobster type 1 was at VND1.6-1.7 million/kilogram; painted spiny lobster was at VND700,000-800,000/kilogram. Yet, many farmers only sold in moderation to wait for a price increase after the Lunar New Year.
Currently, the price of tropical rock lobster is only about VND1.3-1.4 million/kilogram, and of painted spiny lobster is about VND600,000/kilogram. Despite the lower price, most farmers have a hard time selling lobster because traders mostly buy them in small quantities for domestic consumption instead of in large quantities.
Processing, Import and Export:
According to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP), the country’s seafood export is estimated at $556 million in January 2020, down 25% compared to the same period in 2019, mainly due to the effect of the Lunar New Year holiday.
Coronavirus situation has not affected the results of Vietnam’s seafood export in January, but starting from February (after the Lunar New Year), the epidemic begins to have negative impact on seafood import and export businesses, at least until the end of the first half of 2020. Not only seafood export to China is affected, but also export to other markets is impacted due to coronavirus.
Export through border gates now accounts for 20% of the total seafood export to China. The closure of border gates due to Coronavirus could reduce at least 20% of Vietnam’s seafood export to China in the first 3 months of the year.
By Sonia LV