The Mekong delta province of Kien Giang has put into use six rice storage facilities, capable of keeping 87,000 tonnes of paddy rice.

The facilities are part of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s plan to build storage facilities to store 4 million tones of paddy rice in the Mekong delta to serve rice producers and exporters.

They are located at Thanh Hung and Ngoc Chuc communes (Giong Rieng district), Tan Hiep A, Tan Hiep A and Tan Thanh communes (Tan Hiep district), and Soc Son town (Hon Dat), which house major rice fields.

Under the ministry’s project, Kien Giang was tasked to build 18 storage facilities with a combined capacity of 269,000 tonnes and it is working to complete the construction of the remaining 12 facilities by 2015.

In the Winter-Spring crop 2013-2014, the province planted 90,000 ha of high quality rice in the districts of Hon Dat, Tan Hiep, Chau Thanh, Giong Rieng, Go Quao and Rach Gia city and expects to harvest 7 tonnes per hectare in the areas

The province also increased its VietGAP-standard large scale rice fields to 1,524 ha in this crop.

The Mekong Delta has targeted an annual rice output of 24 million tonnes from 2020 to 2030 to remain as the country’s top rice producer.

According to the Mekong Delta Rice Research Institute, the region increased its rice output from 4.2 million tonnes in 1976 to 24.5 million tonnes in 2012./.