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Flower growers respond to climate change

by VTV414 December 2015 Last updated at 13:23 PM

VTV.vn - Flower growers in Quang Binh Province and others in the central region in Vietnam are facing losses as their flowers cultivated for the lunar new year are suffering from bad weather.

In response flower farmers are implementing new farming practices to improve the situation. Ly Trach Commune in Quang Binh is known as a flower cultivation hub with 20 hectares focused on the business. Nguyễn Hữu Khiều, a local farmer, has been growing flowers for 15 years. Despite his experience, his family faces many difficulties caused by increasingly unpredictable weather.

The average temperature this year is higher than usually expected in late winter. Therefore, the flowers are growing quicker and are more likely to be prone to more diseases.

Most of the flower breeds are imported from countries with a colder climate. Therefore the current mild weather in Vietnam has affected cultivation. This can cause flowers to bloom earlier than expected. To cope with the situation, the local authority and residents have adopted new methods.

"To deal with climate change, we chose breeds which are resistant to higher temperatures. We water our flowers 3 times a day on a regular basis instead of just once as usual", said Nguyen Quang Huyen, Farmer, Ly Trach Commune, Bo Trach District.

To ensure quality, farmers need to strictly check the condition and watering schedule. Following these regulations will help them respond to changes in time.

Watering flowers is just a short-term solution this year. However, more sustainable methods are needed to ensure stable output in the future.

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