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|A farmer at his inundated rice field in An Giang. - Photo vov.vn|
Although authorised agencies had warned local farmers this year’s floods might come earlier than previous years, farmers ignored and continued to grow more rice for the autumn-winter crop.
Nguyễn Văn Tùng, vice chairman of the People’s Committee of the commune, said the rice was planted in an area out of the dyke.
As normal, in other localities, farmers only cultivated rice in the winter-spring and summer-autumn crops in the area out of the dyke to avoid floods, he said.
However, local farmers, hoping to earn more money, cultivated rice during the autumn-winter season, he said.
In previous years, the flood season often arrived late there and local farmers benefited from the autumn-winter crop.
“But this year, this is not the case,” he said.
The floods came one month earlier than previous years, therefore local farmers were not prepared to save their crop, he said.
The agricultural sector has supported the farmers to deal with the situation.