Agricultural land price increases during COVID-19 hinh anh 1A house built on agriculture land in Da Lat (Photo courtesy of Facebook Group 'Leaving the city to the countryside')
Hanoi (VNS/VNA) - While most of the realty segment has struggled during the COVID-19 pandemic, agricultural land is still a hot investment as more people want to return to rural areas for a more environmentally-friendly life.

According to land brokers, the prices of agriculture land have doubled and tripled in Vietnam’s southern provinces, as many buyers leave the city for the countryside.

The trend encouraging people to move from the city to the outskirts started more than a year ago and increased due to the pandemic. Social distancing measures have urged more people to look for gardens and agricultural land instead of being locked down in a crowded city.

“The trend is making land prices rise,” said land broker Nguyen Tung Lam.

According to Lam, who mostly works in Da Lat city in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong, each plot of 1,000 sq.m of agriculture land cost 400-700 million VND (17,000 to 30,000 USD) last year. Now the price of a plot could reach between 3 billion VND and 6 billion VND.

Agriculture land prices have also soared in the Mekong Delta, in areas such as Long An, Tien Giang and Dong Thap.

In Cai Lay district, Tien Giang province, the price of agriculture land ranges from 400 million VND to more than 1 billion VND per plot. They were about 200-230 million VND last year.

Similarly, agricultural land plots around Ho Chi Minh City, such as the province of Dong Nai, are reported to reach 2-2.5 billion VND per plot.

Nguyen Thu Nga, a land broker in HCM City, told local media that: “The demand has grown well since last year. Though there are fewer clients coming to see the land, they ask the brokers to check carefully for a purchase after the pandemic.”

Most investors in agricultural land see gains from their investment.

Nguyen Thu Hue, a member of the Facebook Group ‘Leaving the city to the countryside’, with more than 2,500 members, said: “I can sell the land I bought at a price three times higher, but I want to keep it.”

Hue believed that the prices would increase more after the pandemic.

Tran Khanh Quang, Director of Viet An Hoa Realty Company, said that since the end of 2019, some investors have tended to put aside 5 to 10 percent of their budget to buy agriculture plots or small farms in HCM City’s neighbouring provinces as a safe investment.

As concern over the pandemic grows, the trend of returning to rural areas is getting more and more attention. As a result, he said it made the prices of agriculture land rise on the market./.