Agricultural production in the Northern provinces achieves may successes

Agricultural production in the Northern provinces achieves may successes

According to the information at the conference to summarize production in 2023 and deploy production plans for 2024 in the Northern provinces organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in coordination with Hai Duong province on November 29th.

According to data from the Department of Crop Production, 2023 is a difficult production year due to climate change, and complicated pest developments. The total rice cultivation area in 2023 of the Northern provinces is estimated to reach 2.245 million hectares, down about 32,000 hectares compared to the previous year. The cultivated area decreased due to the conversion to vegetable crops and non-agricultural purposes. However, rice production in 2023 in the Northern provinces is still a year of achieving plans in terms of yield, output, and value due to the expansion of quality rice area. The area of quality rice cultivation in the northern provinces reached about 1.2 million hectares, an increase of about 20,000 hectares compared to the previous year. Total rice production in the North in 2023 is estimated at 13.1 million tons of rice, an increase of 84,000 tons compared to 2022.

The average rice yield in 2023 will reach 58.4 tons/ha, an increase of 1.2 tons/ha compared to the previous year. Along with that, the corn area is about 577,000 hectares, the output is 2.6 million tons, an increase of 75,000 tons; the cassava area is 173,000 ha, the output is 2.7 million tons of fresh roots, an increase of about 276,000 tons; the area of vegetables is about 470,000 hectares, giving an output of 8.2 million tons ...

At the conference, the National Center for Hydrometeorology predicted that in 2024, the temperature tends to be 0.5-1.5 degrees higher than the average for many years, forecasting a warm and humid winter and spring seasons. Heat waves appear earlier and more intensely than average for many years. The rainy season comes later.

According to the plan, in 2024, the Northern provinces will cultivate about 2.2 million hectares of rice, a fall of about 18,000 hectares, the target yield is 58.6 tons/ha, a rise of about 0.2 tons/ha compared to the previous year, and the output is estimated at 13.05 million tons. Along with that, they will plant about 585,000 hectares of corn, an increase of about 8,000 hectares compared to 2023 with an output of about 2.7 million tons; 173,000 hectares of cassava, an increase of about 17,000 hectares compared to 2023; and 481,000 hectares of all kinds of vegetables, an increase of 11,000 hectares... Sweet potatoes, soybeans, and peanuts all advocate expanding the planting area and improving yield and output.

Speaking at the conference, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Hoang Trung affirmed that to ensure the successful implementation of production in 2024, localities need to closely follow the production plan issued by the Ministry to develop specific plans. At the same time, localities need to base on the forecasted weather situation, and proactively take measures to ensure irrigation water sources for production. Regarding plant protection, it is necessary to do well in planning, forecasting, investigating, and detecting in time for effective handling to protect production.

The Deputy Minister also emphasized that localities need to strengthen the management of plant varieties and agricultural materials because if farmers use seeds of unknown origin, it will lead to very unpredictable consequences. Localities need to coordinate with Departments, and Institutes to actively guide localities to implement productive production models, quality, and save input costs.

The Deputy Minister also said that the crop sector has developed and submitted to the Government a strategy for the crop sector and is currently implementing 8 schemes of the sector, such as the main fruit tree scheme; schemes for the development of safe and concentrated vegetable areas; key industrial tree scheme... to request localities to implement them per actual conditions. The Deputy Minister also asked the Department of Irrigation to coordinate closely with localities to ensure water irrigation for production; The National Center for Agricultural Extension shares scientific and technical advances with localities; The Department of Plant Protection guides localities on inspection and management of export-growing area codes...



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