An Giang seeks to consume rice in Winter-Spring season 2018 – 2019

On, the People's Committee of An Giang province organized a meeting with representatives of commercial banks, companies and enterprises to buy food in An Giang province to find solutions. Rice consumption in Winter-Spring season 2018 - 2019. The meeting was chaired by Vice Chairman of An Giang Provincial People's Committee Tran Anh Thu. An Giang summarizes internal affairs, prevention and fighting against corruption and judicial reform An Giang has 14 enterprises with high quality Vietnamese products certified in 2019 Provincial Party Secretary Vo Thi Anh Xuan attended the ceremony to receive troops in 2019 in Cho Moi district

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According to the Director of An Giang Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Si Lam, Winter-Spring crop 2018-2019, the province downed nearly 234,000 hectares, down 729 hectares over the same period; in which, the area of all kinds of rice is nearly 208,000 hectares and the sticky area is nearly 26,000 hectares. Winter-spring rice crop 2018-2019, in the area of 11 districts, towns and cities in An Giang mainly cultivated 5 main rice varieties including: IR50404, Dai Thom 8, OM5451, sticky rice, OM6976.

By the end of February 19, the whole province has harvested 27,496 hectares of winter-spring rice crop, reaching 11.76% of the seeding area, estimated the average yield of 6.19 tons / ha; The output is 170,000 tons, compared with the same period, the harvest area is more than 22,139 hectares. It is expected that by the end of the third day, An Giang will harvest Winter-Spring rice crop from 10,000-14,000 hectares, output from 74,200 to 104,000 tons of rice. Harvesting time is from March 1 to April 10.

The Winter-Spring crop of 2018-2019, the rice-producing areas in An Giang have implemented a contract to associate rice consumption with 21 food enterprises with an area of nearly 28,300 hectares. So far, 9 enterprises have purchased with an area of 1,578 hectares, reaching 12,306 tons of output, reaching 6.21% of the plan. At present, areas with associated contracts in An Giang have also purchased about 17% of the contracted area at the agreed price between businesses and farmers.

Localities report that in An Giang, there has been no situation of farmers or enterprises breaking the contract. However, the biggest difficulty now is that the purchase price of rice in An Giang province tends to decrease from 200-800 VND / kg compared to the week before Lunar New Year, down from 1,000-1,500 VND / kg compared to the same. period

Meanwhile, the province's output of winter-spring rice harvest in 2018-2019 is only about 10% of the expected output. In the near future, the peak harvest of the Winter-Spring crop will be harvested. If there is no timely intervention, the price of rice may continue to be unfavorable for farmers.

At the meeting, many companies and enterprises carried out a contract to sell rice in An Giang such as Northern Food Corporation, Loc Troi Group, Vinacam Agricultural Products Joint Stock Company ... to address difficulties. The biggest they are facing in buying rice in the Winter-Spring crop is the capital.

Mr. Nguyen Tuan Dung, Deputy Director of the State Bank of An Giang province branch said, sales of rice production and consumption loans related to the Winter Spring season 2018-2019 in An Giang province were implemented in January. 2019 VND 2,385 billion; in which, loan for buying rice for export is 320 billion dong.

In order to remove difficulties in lending to the fields of rice and rice production and consumption in the Winter-Spring crop, Mr. Dung said that the State Bank of An Giang Branch had a document to direct commercial banks in the province to actively balancing capital sources to meet the demand for loans of enterprises purchasing rice and rice.

The connection between banks and businesses is strengthened in order to timely grasp difficulties and obstacles to have solutions to solve; increase access to businesses' capital and consider increasing credit lines in rice procurement in the province; accelerate disbursement progress and implement appropriate lending interest rates; Adjustment of debt extension for farmers is really difficult ...

With favorable weather forecast, the winter-spring rice crop in An Giang province achieved high productivity, increased by 8,000 tons over the same period with the whole crop estimated to reach 1.735 million tons of rice. Rice prices are currently falling sharply over the same period in 2018 and tend to continue to decline in the future. At the meeting, the Director of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in An Giang province Nguyen Si Lam asked the provincial People's Committee to direct the Department of Industry and Trade to coordinate with localities to collect rice according to the harvest schedule; require enterprises to increase purchasing according to production links and consumption contracts, have plans to purchase temporary storage. At the same time, functional units have long-term plans or annual plans and regularly exchange information on the situation of production and consumption in the area as well as discussing and removing difficulties.

Mr. Phan Loi, Deputy Director of An Giang Department of Industry and Trade also suggested that rice export enterprises in the province continue to support farmers. First of all, focus on contracts signed with An Giang farmers.

Speaking at the conclusion of the meeting, Deputy Chairman of An Giang Provincial People's Committee Tran Anh Thu emphasized that at present, rice prices are reaching the bottom due to many factors. However, rice prices will tend to increase again in the coming time, when import demand in many markets such as Indonesia, Philippines and African countries increases due to the impact of climate change. In 2019, the situation of climate change, drought and drought will directly affect many countries in Southeast Asia, when the demand for Vietnam rice imports in these markets increases sharply and the price of periodic rice hope will increase again.

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Vice Chairman of An Giang Provincial People's Committee Tran Anh Thu requested, in the immediate future, to ensure the benefits for rice farmers in Dong Xuan crop, companies and businesses must keep the contract signed to cover the purchase of winter rice. Spring for farmers. The Department of Industry and Trade and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development work directly with the units to comply with the signed off-take contracts, creating trust for producers.

Besides, the agricultural sector of the province needs a production plan for the upcoming Summer-Autumn rice crop; In particular, some rice varieties fell sharply in the winter-spring season 2018-2019 need to be limited to production if there is no contract to spend between businesses and farmers to avoid falling prices when the harvest. .