Environment
Nghe An farmers lose crops to drought
  • | danviet, dtinews.vn | June 25, 2019 12:47 PM
The ongoing heat wave in Nghe An Province has destroyed hundreds of hectares of tea trees in the local areas.


 

Dry leaves and withered branches are witnessed at over 100 hectares

The temperatures in Con Cuong District sometimes reached 41 degrees in the past days. The heat caused a water shortage for the locals and destroyed many tea plantations. Dry leaves and withered branches are witnessed at over 100 hectares or 30% of the total plantations.

30 out of 50 hectares of tea trees in Khe Tin Village were destroyed during the harvest season. If there is no rain in the next few days, 70% to 80% of the plantations will be damaged.

"We were preparing to harvest three hectares of tea," said Vi Van Hai. "We even hired people to dig a well to water the plantation but it was no use."

Lo Van Ly, head of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in Con Cuong District, said, "Even the crops in Chi Khe and Bong Khe communes were damaged. Rice and other crops were also damaged in the heat."

The district authorities have dug more wells for the farmers but like the underground water source they found dried up 20 days ago.

A similar situation also occurred in Anh Son District where hundreds of hectares of tea leaves are in the harvest season. Up to 211 hectares have been damaged. Nguyen Van Tai from Khai Son Commune said they tried to water the plantation regularly but due to high temperature, the tea trees didn't grow up well.

Dang Dinh Luan, head of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in Anh Son District, said, "We are surveying the sites and told farmers to not harvest the tea leaves yet. It's best to keep the land damp while waiting for rain but the water source is depleting."

97 hectares of sugarcanes and 600 hectares of corns in Anh Son District are also being threatened.

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