For Tien Giang Rice to Go Around the World
With only 96,000 rice growing hectares, Tien Giang province’s agriculture has recorded encouraging results with an output of 1.32 million tonnes in 2004. This is thanks to the local people’s experience and efforts to increase the number of crops. So far, Tien Giang’s rice under the trademarks of ‘Nine Golden Dragons,’ ‘Flamingo’ and ‘Golden Apricot’ has been exported to Asian, European, African and American countries. Also, fragrant rice varieties, including VD 20 and
Creating value for rice
In 2004, farmers in Tien Giang province sowed 271,000 hectares of rice, with high quality rice varieties accounting for 70 per cent of the area. Average yields reached five tonnes per hectare. Tien Giang is the leading province in the
Tien Giang rice goes around the world
Truong Van Hua, director of the Tien Giang Food Company, said that the company had exported rice to many countries around the world. Hua said that in 2005, the world market demand would continue to be high. This will encourage local farmers to invest in production, promoting the scientific and technological application. A bumper harvest year is expected in 2005. The issue is how to increase the value of Tien Giang’s rice to ensure its competitiveness in both domestic and international markets.
Therefore, since the 2004-2005 winter-spring crop, the Tien Giang Food Company has promoted its co-operation with co-operatives and farmers to buy fragrant rice farmed on over 3,000 hectares. Also, the company’s rice market of Phu Cuong will be put into operation soon, helping the company’s collection of rice from farmers in four western districts in Tien Giang and other localities in Long An and Dong Thap.
At present, the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is co-operating with relevant agencies and People’s Committees of relevant districts to promote the registration of trademarks of Cai Lay, Go Cong and Cho Gao. This will help improve the competitiveness of local rice in both domestic and foreign markets.