The Red River delta (RRD) ends its Spring season for rice crop in dry weather which is favourable to farmers for harvest work and product post processing. The three early birds include Ha Noi, Ha Nam and Hung Yen provinces, whereas Ha Noi – Ha Nam complete the crop cut about 2 weeks in advance, followed by Hung Yen province, which is also 7 to 10 days earlier than the rest of the region.

From the very beginning of the season, the irrigation task has been well planned by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), in closed collaboration with Vietnam Electricity company (EVN). Three water discharges on 10 Jan 2017, 23 Jan 2017 and 6 Feb 2017 provided well support to the whole region for timely land preparation.

Favorable weather from early January with average temperature from 18-25 degrees ensures the planting on schedule. The Spring 2017 crop does not incounter extreme coldness across the Red River Delta, hence farmers can avoid replantation of the affected plots that slow down the cultivation progress.

Rice field bservations in the Red River delta in early March 2017

In favourable conditions, end season yield estimation for Spring 2017 shows higher value than the Spring last year. Compared to 6.3 tons/ha in average of Spring 2016 yield, this season’s yield is 300 kg higher, gaining a total of 2.87 million tons of product in the region.

Information reported in this bulletin has been generated using MAPscape-RICE, Oryza and data acquired by Sentinel-1A/1B (owned by EU and developed & operated by ESA). Background map ©OpenStreetMap contributors.

The end-season bulletin for rice monitoring in the Mekong delta can be accessed via following links:

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