Some households choose to sell through traders to reduce risks. Mr. Nguyen Van Hau's family, living in Vinh Thanh Commune, signed a contract with a trader in Hanoi to sell nearly 1,000 pots of apricot blossoms in the upcoming Tet. According to Hau, his family is taking care of the apricot trees to wait for traders to move to the North for consumption, but it depends on the progress of the epidemic. Hau said, this year, due to the droughts and saline intrusion, some apricot trees have been damaged, the rest must be handled at a high cost, so apricot growers have little profit.
Some bougainvillea production households sell early to traders.
According to Vice Chairman of Vinh Thanh Commune People's Committee Tran Van Thanh, the whole commune had nearly 1,000 hectares of land for fruit trees, seedlings and ornamental flowers last year, with more than 200 hectares of damage estimated with the total estimated amount of VND95 billion. Currently, people are restoring production of flower products, ornamental plants to serve the upcoming Lunar New Year market.
The bougainvillea village of Lan Dong, in Phu Son Commune, Cho Lach District, is also hurrying to prepare more than 700 thousand products for the Tet market. Currently, the craft village has more than 100 bougainvillea production households. Nguyen Van Xuyen's family is producing 1,200 pots of bougainvillea flowers in three colors, pink, white and red, preparing to serve Tet. Xuyen said: “At present, traders have come to the garden house to make a deposit, people just need to take care to wait for the traders to come and sell. Some households have sold to traders earlier than usual due to fear of complicated developments of Covid-19 pandemic and difficult transportation”. The locality is also developing the traditional craft village in association with tourism to increase income for flower growers.
According to Dr. Bui Thanh Liem, Head of Agriculture and Rural Development of Cho Lach District said: “This year, people in the district produced about 17 million flowers and ornamental plants of all kinds for the upcoming Lunar New Year market. In particular, the number of ornamental plants, such as apricot, bougainvillea and bonsai, remains the same as last year, but flower products have decreased slightly due to the fear of pandemics, economic difficulties, reduced purchasing power, and difficulties in consumption. In addition to fear of the complicated development of the COVID-19 pandemic, the flower villagers are also concerned about the effects of adverse weather such as unseasonal rain, lack of irrigation water due to droughts and saline intrusion”.
Currently, the agricultural sector recommends that people actively store rainwater and fresh water for production. At the same time, it is necessary to produce a variety of products to serve the Tet market. In addition to selling through traders, traditional flower markets, the consumption of products should also expand through sales on online channels, and delivery to customers.HOANG TRUNG