Kien Giang (VNA) - The People’s Committee of southern Kien Giang province has approved the establishment of the 2,700-hectare Phu My habitat reserve in Phu My commune, Giang Thanh district.

The reserve, consisting of a 940-hectare core area and a 1,760-hectare buffer zone, aims to converse diversity in the Long Xuyen Quadrangle, especially the bang (Lepironia articule) grass ecosystem.

Some 822 hectares of the bang grass field, which is the only in the Mekong Delta, provide a source of food of red-headed cranes, which are listed in the World and Vietnamese Red Books of Threatened Species.

The bang grass is also a main material for the local handicraft industry.

Kien Giang will transfer advanced techniques to farmers living in the area to get them involved in growing the grass to help boost the handicraft industry, thus improving their incomes.-VNA