Localities in the Mekong Delta region have set a target of reaching an annual rice and aquatic product output of 24.5 million tonnes and 3.5 million tonnes respectively by 2020.

The target was defined in the rural agriculture development plan to 2020, with a vision to 2030, approved recently by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

According to the plan, the region aims for every 1 hectare of cultivated land to field 130 million VND (6,110 USD) and every 1 hectarte of aquaculture farm, 250 million VND (11,750 USD) by 2020.

The plan also said it is necessary to minimise the transformation of agricultural land into non-agricultural one in order to ensure a rice land area of 3.25 million in 2020.

Promotion of regional links are also a focus, while fairs and exhibitions to introduce agro-forestry-aquatic products will also be organised regularly.

The Mekong Delta region – the country’s largest rice granary - comprises of 12 provinces and one centrally-run city with a total area of 40,000 square kilometres and a population of 18 million.-VNA