Hanoi growers adapt to COVID conditions ahead of lunar new year

Local growers in Hanoi have tried to adapt to the Covid-19 pandemic and are hoping to have a good year-end flower crop, with only two months left until the Tet (Lunar New Year) holidays.

Hoang Van Hoan, a local grower in Dan Phuong District, said although he and other growers were worried about the yield of the year-end flower crop due to the pandemic’s impact, they had still grown flowers to serve the market. However, growers have carefully calculated a reduction in the area to plant the flowers and select flowers with lower costs compared to previous years to limit risks, he said.

Nguyen Thi Hanh, a local grower in Me Linh District, the major flower supplier of the city, said local growers were worrying about the demand for flowers. The pandemic has greatly affected the income of many families, she said. “Therefore, the demand for flowers and ornamental plants is predicted to decrease compared to the previous years.” 

However, local growers have still planted many flowers to serve the demand for the Tet holidays. “We hope that the pandemic has been well controlled so that we can earn profits to have money to re-invest for the next flower crop,” she said.

Pham Thanh Do, head of the district’s Economic Office, said the district administration has directed local growers to reduce the area of growing flowers compared to previous years because it fears that the pandemic would affect demand at the end of this lunar year.

The district also advised local growers to plant more vegetables to food demand during Tet, he said. Besides, the district has supported local growers to apply science and technology to improve flower quality, he added.

In Quang Ba Ward, Tay Ho District, kumquat growers are also busily shaping the trees before selling them for Tet. Some growers plant the kumquat trees in big jars or make the trees in bonsai shape to serve diverse demands.

Le Hong, a kumquat grower in the ward, said he shaped the trees using small wires, and that shaping the trees was the most important step in creating their beauty.

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