Vietnam’s rice output is expected to surpass 43 million tonnes in 2012, an increase of 1 million tonnes or 2.6 percent over the previous year.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, this year, the country’s total rice area reaches 7.75 million ha, a 1.2 percent rise against 2011.

At present, northern provinces are focusing on taking care of their summer-autumn crops while southern localities are speeding up the harvest of summer-autumn rice and the growing of autumn-winter crop.

By September 15, the country had planted nearly 1.52 million ha of autumn-winter rice, 91.3 percent of the same period last year./.VNA