Vietnam is forecast to produce 45 million tonnes of paddy rice this year, up almost 800,000 tonnes over 2013, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).

By mid-September, farmers in southern and Mekong Delta’s provinces harvested summer-autumn rice on 1.81 million hectares, with average yields up 120 kg per hectare compared to the previous crop.

The Mekong Delta also has harvested about half of the 625,000 ha planted with summer-autumn rice.

At the same time, farmers across the country have planted rice on more than 1,659 million ha for the winter crop, almost the same as the cultivation area in comparison with 2013.

The winter rice is growing well thanks to favourable weather and good irrigation, according to MARD.-VNA