Mekong Delta farmers busy preparing Tet flowers

Farmers in two major flower villages in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta region, Sa Dec in Dong Thap province and Cai Mon in Ben Tre province are busy planting seeds for the Lunar New Year flower crop, which falls on February 10 this year.

In Sa Dec flower village in Sa Dec city, the largest flower village in Dong Thap province, about 1.5 million pots of various kinds of flowers are being grown for Tet, including more than 270,000 chrysanthemum pots.

Vo Thanh Tung, a farmer in Sa Dec city, planted 5,000 baskets of chrysanthemums this year, an increase of about 20% from last year. The average cost for each flower crop is over 100 million VND (4,300 USD). Traders are buying chrysanthemum pots in advance for prices ranging from 80,000 VND to 90,000 VND (3.5 – 3.9 USD) a pot, up 20,000 VND to 30,000 VND from the previous Tet, depending on the quality.

Farmers are earning a profit of 30,000 VND – 50,000 VND for each chrysanthemum pot. Chrysanthemums, one of the preferred Tet flowers, can bloom for more than one month.