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​Hanoi farmers in distress as kohlrabi prices crash

Saturday, March 17, 2018, 16:06 GMT+7

Scores of farmers in a district outside Hanoi are suffering great losses as the prices of kohlrabi have plummeted.

There are more than 200 hectares of kohlrabi farms in Tien Duong Commune in Hanoi’s outer district of Dong Anh.

This kohlrabi hub supplies around 10,000 metric tons of the produce every year to the capital and various surrounding provinces.

However, in the latest crop, traders have been forcing farmers to sell the produce at a meager VND500 apiece, compared to VND2,000 and VND3,000 in previous seasons. (US$1 = VND22,500)

Nguyen Thi Lien harvests kohlrabies on a farm outside Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Nguyen Thi Lien harvests kohlrabies on a farm outside Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Such a price will only bring in losses for farmers, given the estimated production cost to have one kohlrabi of around VND1,000.

Due to the rock bottom prices, many farmers have resorted to grinding the vegetables for use as fertilizer or cattle feed.

Some other farmers even do not bother to harvest the kohlrabi, letting weeds grow rampant on their farms.

Tien Duong chairman Tran Van Sang said the slumping prices was a result of supply exceeding demand in this crop.

“The weather this season was highly favorable and there is an increasing number of kohlrabi farmers in the locale,” he explained.

A ready-for-harvest kohlrabi farm left unattended by its owner is seen outside. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A ready-for-harvest kohlrabi farm left unattended by its owner is seen outside. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A farmer drives his tractor to grind kohlrabies for use as fertilizer outside Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre.
A farmer drives his tractor to grind kohlrabies for use as fertilizer outside Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre.

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Minh Nhien / Tuoi Tre News

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