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Thanh Hoa (VNA) – The northern region from Thua Thien-Hue province northward reaped a bumper harvest in the 2016-2017 Winter-Spring rice crop for the 10th consecutive year, heard a conference held in Thanh Hoa province on May 24.

Northern localities grew rice on 1,145,000 ha in the crop, down 10,500 ha year-on-year, and harvested an estimated 7.12 million tonnes of rice, with an average productivity of 6.22 tonnes per ha.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development attributed the bumper crop partly to favourable weather.

In the upcoming summer crop, northern localities plan to plant rice on 1,308,000 ha in the hope of producing around 6.57 million tonnes.

As the crop is vulnerable to storms and floods, the Ministry advised farmers to use short-duration rice varieties and localities to prepare extra rice seedlings in case of damage.  

Local agricultural sectors are also required to get anti-flood plans ready to minimize losses. -VNA