Vietnam: Flower and ornamental tree village in Ben Tre bustling for upcoming holiday

The flower and ornamental plant-growing village of Cho Lach, in Ben Tre province, is one of the largest traditional craft villages in the Mekong River Delta region, providing millions of products each Tet holiday. This year, despite the impact of COVID-19 pandemic and unfavorable weather, flower growers have still maintained production to supply the national market.

These days, along the big and small roads in Cho Lach District, it is not difficult to see many kinds of blooming flowers. Local people are focusing on taking care of the last stages to prepare flowers to sell to the market. Just early in the morning, the family of Tran Van Dau, who is living in Long Thoi Commune, Cho Lach District, was busy taking care of 1,500 baskets of chrysanthemum morifolium that had just sprouted. He used the entire 800 metre square area around the house to grow flowers to sell Tet, bringing a high income for his family. Dau said: “Growing chrysanthemum morifolium, you must prepare to sow seeds about six months in advance and take care of the flowers to bloom right on Tet. The family's income mainly depends on the Tet flower crop, but this year, the COVID-19 pandemic is complicated, so growers in this traditional craft village are very worried about the consumer market”. Currently, most people sell through traders. The economic situation this year is difficult, so most flower growers produce less than last year.

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