Pepper yield in this year is predicted to decrease 20%

Update: 10/4/2013

According to a survey of VPA, adverse weather, old pepper plants in many places is the cause of declining pepper yield.

Vietnam Pepper Association (VPA) forecast that pepper yield this year will decrease 20% compared with last year, with expected yield 88.000 - 90.000 tonnes, after the organization along with bussiness members surveyed 6 main pepper farming provinces in the whole country.

Six provinces are taken into VPA survey are Dong Nai, Ba Ria - Vung Tau, Binh Phuoc, Dak Nong, Dak Lak and Gia Lai.

According to the survey report of VPA, new planting area have increased sharply, especially in the Central Highlands, where there're still so much land. However, in many pepper farming locals, the pepper crops harvested for over 10 years, turn aging, degraded, so farmers are concerned, less care,  leading to declining yield.
In the last June, pepper growing areas were affected by hurricane 1, then pepper crops started to bud young, many leaves but few flowers. This was the main reason of reducing pepper yield in most of the provinces. Also, due to prolonged heavy fall, causing flood, rot roots, causes rapid death.
Thus, VPA predict that the whole country yield may reach 88.000 - 90.000 tons, decrease 20% compared with 2012 cases.
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