(HBO) – Merchants have placed orders for many sugarcane farms in My Hoa commune in Hoa Binh province's Tan Lac district, with prices ranging from 9,000-10,000 VND a tree, considered high as compared with that over the past years. This is a rosy signal for local sugarcane farmers.

Merchants have placed orders for many sugarcane farms in My Hoa commune, Tan Lac district, with prices ranging from 9,000-10,000 VND a tree.

Previously, purple sugarcane farming had driven economic development in My Hoa commune, with the total area amounting to hundreds of hectares. However, the unstable consumption market has prompted many households to shift to other crops.

Dinh Long Duong in Chu Bua hamlet is one of the farmers who have maintained sugarcane cultivation for years. He established Tung Duong agricultural cooperative in 2019 with 17 members, aiming to maintain and develop sugarcane farming. With 21 hectares of sugarcane, the cooperative has helped its members adopt new sugarcane farming methods.

After encountering a range of difficulties in the two years of COVID-19, the cooperative’s members have begun to earn profits as each sugarcane tree was sold at a price of 6,000 VND in the last crop.

Duong’s family alone has 5,000 sq.m of sugarcane farming, which brought about more than 100 million USD in the crop.

Duong said thanks to new farming methods, sugarcane quality has been improved, adding that deposits have been made for 10 hectares, with prices from 9,000-10,000 VND a tree.

Bui Hoang Long in Don hamlet is one of the first cooperative member who have sold sugarcane this crop. Long earned nearly 200 million VND from over 1 hectares of sugarcane last year, equivalent to the money he got after selling half of his sugarcane trees this year.

With the largest area of sugarcane, 1.8 hectares, Bui Van Nhat in Don hamlet expects to earn from 400-500 million VND this year.

Duong said his cooperative aims to bring sugarcane to supermarkets and even export the product in the future.

However, it is hard to produce sugarcane that meets export standards, he said, adding that local farmers hope to receive more support from agencies to maintain sources of varieties and adopt organic sugarcane farming methods.

According to the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Hoa Binh has 7,150 hectares of sugarcane, and the province has shipped 100 tonnes of sugarcane to the EU and the Republic of Korea (RoK) so far./.

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