Farmers in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta region in Vietnam are expected to have a good flower and ornamental plant harvest, as well as good prices, for the Tet (Lunar New Year) festival, which falls on January 25.
Many well-known flower and ornamental plant villages exist in the delta, including Sa Dec in Dong Thap province, Cho Lach in Ben Tre province, Pho Tho - Ba Bo in Can Tho city and My Tho in Tien Giang province.
In Sa Dec flower village in Sa Dec city, the largest flower village in Dong Thap province, about 2 million pots of various kinds of flowers are being grown for Tet, including more than 250,000 chrysanthemum pots.
Traders are buying chrysanthemum pots in advance for prices ranging VND80,000 to 90,000 (US$3.5-3.9) a pot, up VND20,000-30,000 against the last Tet.
Pham Van Hoa, who grows 6,000 chrysanthemum pots in Sa Dec city’s Tan Quy Dong ward, said that the flower was blooming on time for Tet and was more beautiful this year because of favourable weather.
The price of various types of flowers in the village has also increased by 20-30% compared to last Tet, he said.
With advanced farming techniques, farmers in the delta can now make most flowers bloom during Tet to fetch good prices.
The quantity of flower and ornamental plants grown for Tet in many flower villages has increased this year. Farmers have also planted more new flower varieties such as foreign rose and daisy varieties.