No love for latex producers as Storm Molave decimates rubber crops

Farmers in Quang Nam Province have been left with little else but logs after Storm Molave swept their rubber plantations last month.

Vietnam, Storm Molave, floods, central Vietnam floods

A farmer saws through a rubber trunk into logs meant for sale. Over three weeks since Storm Molave, one of the most powerful storms to hit Vietnam in 20 years, landed in the central province on October 28, rubber farmers in Hiep Duc District returned to sort through the debris.

Vietnam, Storm Molave, floods, central Vietnam floods

Rubber trees lie uprooted.
Quang Nam is home to more than 10,000 ha (24,700 acres) of rubber plantations grown both corporately and privately. Hiep Duc District makes up more than half of the total rubber cultivation area.

Vietnam, Storm Molave, floods, central Vietnam floods

A closer look at the storm damage.
In all, more than 880 ha of rubber plantations in the district were destroyed while 230 ha suffered more than 50 percent damage.

Vietnam, Storm Molave, floods, central Vietnam floods

One of the farmers, Pham Thi Xuyen, said she started out in 2007 with two hectares of rubber. When her trees had reached the age of producing latex six years later, the entire plantation was destroyed by Storm Wutip. Undeterred, she continued investing in the business. In 2018, her rubber trees were again ready to produce latex, though that year prices had sharply decreased, forcing Xuyen to wait for better conditions before harvesting.
To date, the famer has failed to recover her initial investment and lost one hectare to Storm Molave. "I spent VND40,000 on each seeding. Now, after all the effort it took to grow them, all I can get is around VND60,000 ($2.58) for a damaged tree," she said.

Vietnam, Storm Molave, floods, central Vietnam floods

This 10-year-old, uprooted rubber tree sold for VND60,000.

Vietnam, Storm Molave, floods, central Vietnam floods

Latex leaks from a tree sawn into logs at a farm in Que Binh Commune of Hiep Duc. Many farmers in the commune say they would give up the rubber trade and switch to cultivating wattle, also known as acacia.

Vietnam, Storm Molave, floods, central Vietnam floods

Rubber tree logs destined to be sold for construction material or firewood.

Vietnam, Storm Molave, floods, central Vietnam floods

Firewood is sold at VND1 million ($43) per ton.

Vietnam, Storm Molave, floods, central Vietnam floods

The last rubber trees still left standing at a farm in Hiep Duc District.
Storm Molave inflicted economic damage worth around VND10 trillion ($430.16 million), according to statistics from affected provinces. The damage was nearly 1.5 times higher than 2019’s total natural disaster-induced loss of VND7 trillion ($302.6 million), mostly due to flooding, storms and landslides.

News Related

OTHER NEWS

Moto G 5G launched in India: Price, Availability and Specifications

Motorola has recently introduced its Moto G 5G as its most affordable 5G phone in Europe and now the phone is making its way to India. Here are some details of its price... Read more »

Dozens of tourists stranded on Khanh Hoa Mountain due to flood

Some 45 people, including 36 tourists, have been stuck on a mountain in the southern central province of Khanh Hoa because of floods. The tourists from HCM City arrived in Ta Giang Mountain... Read more »

What is mRNA-1273 – Moderna COVID-19 vaccine?

The drugmaker Moderna announced highly encouraging results on Monday, saying that complete data from a large study show its mRNA-1273 vaccine to be 94.1 percent effective. What is mRNA-1273 and how it... Read more »

Celebrities join TV reality show to promote domestic tourism

Celebrities join TV reality show to promote domestic tourism Read more »

It’s time to grow social impact businesses in Viet Nam

Vo Tri Thanh * Vo Tri Thanh The world is facing many sustainability challenges that need concerted efforts from different stakeholders to address to fulfil the UN’s 2030 Agenda. Sustainable development will continue... Read more »

1km long swimming pool opens in Quy Nhon

1km long swimming pool opens in Quy Nhon Read more »

5th ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Carnival opens in Hanoi

5th ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Carnival opens in Hanoi Read more »

COVID-19 Updates (Dec. 1): VN records 1st community transmission after three months

The Ministry of Health (MoH) on November 30 afternoon confirmed a new COVID-19 case that got the coronavirus from another, marking Vietnam's first community transmission after three months. Read more »

Water issues at the centre of Melong Delta planning

Children fly kites on rice fields in Hon Dat District, the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang. VNA/VNS Photo Trong Dat Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Tran Quoc Phuong spoke to the... Read more »

Vietnamese architect among 100 women of the year, listed by BBC

A Vietnamese architect - Chu Kim Duc - has joined the list of the top 100 women of the year for her efforts to build playgrounds for children all across Vietnam. Read more »