Nguyên Văn Thắng sits next to an acacia tree in his plantation in Tiên Kiên Commune, Phú Thọ Province. — Photo danviet.vn HÀ NỘI — Rice farmers in the northern province of Phú Thọ have had their lives turned around after being given the all-clear to use land designated for forestry production. Phạm Văn Quế, chief of Village 11 in Tiên Kiên Commune, said more than 100 households in the village used to mainly rely on paddy fields to make ends meet, and barely managed to live from day to day. The village was surrounded by never-ending hills but the residents were not allowed to cultivate the land as farming activities were restricted, Quế said. Things started to change when authorities decided to lease the land to residents on a 50-year term so they could grow trees for the booming timber industry and earn a fair amount of extra income, the village chief said. Acacia and eucalyptus trees are the most common species farmers are now growing. “We can harvest eucalyptus trees every five years, and seven years for acacia. For each cycle, people can gain more than VNĐ100 million (US$4,300) per hectare, which helps raise living standards,” Quế told Nông thôn Ngày nay (Countryside Today)… Read full this story
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