Vietnam prepares to grow low-carbon rice to meet net-zero emissions target

Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is developing a plan to plant one million hectares of low-carbon, high-quality rice in the Mekong Delta to meet its net-zero emissions target. The plan is expected to be submitted to the government for approval in March, and implementation will begin in 2024. Twelve of the region’s 13 provinces have signed on to the plan, committing to plant 200,000 hectares of low-carbon rice next year, 719,000 hectares by 2025 and more than 1 million hectares by 2030. An Giang province has committed to planting 150,000 hectares in 2025 and 200,000 hectares in 2030, taking on a large part of the target.

Animesh Shrivastava, agricultural economist at the World Bank, said the plan faces two major challenges, namely farmers’ income as well as markets. Rice is a staple food for Vietnamese, but it does not provide farmers with significant income, he said. Unless the government can improve farmers’ livelihoods, food security will always be at risk.

Source: BoiGuru

Post time: Mar-31-2023