Prices push Vietnam farmers from rice to shrimp
With prices of rice continually falling and irrigation canals unable to provide water for the paddy fields, many farmers in the Mekong Delta province of Ca Mau have switched to shrimp-breeding instead.
The Mekong Delta had adopted a new model plan for large paddy fields to save costs and increase productivity.
However, due to falling rice prices these days, farmers converted their paddy fields into shrimp ponds despite local government warning.
Nguyen Thanh Hung, chief of village No.2, said the locals in the south of the village breed shrimps while people in the north cultivate rice and Ngang Canal has to provide water for both shrimp breeding and rice cultivation but is unable to do so.