Prolonged rainfall for the past one week in Makong Delta of Vietnam has affected the quality of rice crop for the summer-autumn season.

The rice crop in the Makong Delta has been ripened and harvesting was being done but the continuous rains has slow down the harvesting process.

A local farmer Pham Thi Ngot, who cultivates rice on 0.6 hactre of field in Tam Binh District in Vinh Long Province, said more than 70 per cent of her plants had collapsed and must be harvested by hand.

Also the farmers are facing problem of shortage of labor during this season Ngot , a local farmer said.

According to the province’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Vinh Long Province has suffered loss of  about half of 27,000ha of ripe rice due to heavy winds and rain 

Due to germination of many of seeds, the quality of the harvested rice has declined said  Le Quang Thao, deputy chairman of the Xuan Hiep Commune People’s Committee in Vinh Long’s Tra On District.

Also the weather is cloudy so the farmers are  had trouble sun-drying their rice and there are not enough dryers on hand.In Can Tho City, although farmers have harvested more than half of the city’s 40,000ha of rice, few traders have bought the grain, citing low quality.

Rice companies are urging the farmers to grow rice on lesser areas and to plant only high quality of rice varieties and the remaining crop areas should be switched to other cash crops.

The water logging in Kieng Giang Province have been operating at full capacity over the past several days to draw water out of rice fields.

According to the province’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development,Kien Giang has planted 230,000ha of rice, Hau Giang Province, farmers have harvested more than 25,000ha of 76,600ha of the summer-autumn crop.

Due to germination of seed the quality of rice has been damaged so the selling price of the rice would be reduced and also the cost of hiring the worker to harvest one hectare of rice has gone up to VND500,000 (US$24).