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  • Title of document: Seasonal organic rice revival in Mekong Delta

    Authors/editor: Dr. Nguyen Van Kien

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    Ministry/Government Agency/Organization: The Saigon Times

    Year of publication: 2021

    Geographic focus: Vietnam

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    Web address to original document (if any): https://en.thesaigontimes.vn/tinbaichitiet/80949/?fbclid=IwAR31-rjqmkl3LhN3yxLXP8VdjkJykpu-xjIrueD0-KcJCH5yc3yXb4FBpA0

    Summary:

    According to the analysis by QY Research published in 2020, the total value of global organic rice exports in 2018 was US$1.5 billion. The figure was forecast to increase 9% in the period 2019-2025 and reach US$2.78 billion by 2025. In Vietnam, seasonal organic rice, which has been seemingly extinct after some time, is gradually reviving and proving its outstanding value to farmers and the ecology.

    In 2020, the Mekong Delta had over 1,400 hectares of rice in the provinces of Ca Mau, Soc Trang, Tra Vinh, Ben Tre, Kien Giang and Vinh Long which were certified up to the international organic standards (USDA/EU/JAS—U.S. Department of Agriculture/European Union/Japanese Agricultural Standards). Ca Mau had the largest area of organic rice-shrimp production. Meanwhile, the seasonal rice, the kind of seasonal floating rice grown without chemicals likely to be converted to organic certified rice, has begun to revive on the delta soil…