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Can Tho (VNA) - Agro-forestry-aquaculture production value of the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho in the first six months of 2018 exceeded 2.4 trillion VND (nearly 105.5 million USD), representing a year-on-year increase of 8.17-percent.

In the period, the total area of rice cultivation reached 166,426 hectares, equivalent to 76 percent of the year’s plan. Of which, 97,987 hectares were harvested with total yield of 693,762 tonnes or 52.6 percent of the set plan.

The area of vegetables and other short-term crops reached 9,512 hectares, while the area of fruits was 17,910 hectares, equivalent to 60 percent and up 4.43 percent against the set plan, respectively.

Meanwhile, the aquaculture area was estimated at more than 3,300 hectares, including 1,588 hectares harvested with total output of 95,456 tonnes. Of which, Tra fish cultivation area reached 568 hectares, 75.69 percent of the plan for the year.

According to Nguyen Ngoc Hoe, Director of the municipal Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, most agriculture production indicators increased in the period, improving the living standard of locals.

Although the aquaculture area remained low, it is forecast to rise strongly between July and October, he noted.

Notably, the agriculture production also recorded high prices for most key local products such as Tra fish, fruit, cattle and poultry.

Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Vo Thanh Thong said agriculture production value has significantly contributed to increasing Can Tho’s export turnover, boosting the city’s socio-economic development. -VNA