The Mekong Delta region will strive to output 6 million tonnes of sugarcane in 2014, a year-on-year increase of 300,000 tonnes.

It will maintain the current 60,000 hectares of sugarcane fields until 2020, according to an Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry plan.

To achieve the target, the regional provinces have encouraged local farmers to use high-yield sugarcane varieties and mechanise the farming process.

In addition, they will continue to build and upgrade irrigation facilities and reorganise sugarcane farming from small to large-scale production, as well as utilise modern science and technology to reduce costs.

As many as 27,000 hectares of sugarcane have been grown mostly in Long An, Ben Tre and Tra Vinh provinces so far this year.-VNA