Coronavirus hits flower gardens Looking out at their fields of white chrysanthemums that are ready to be harvested, Nga and her husband feel sad because they won’t be able to sell any of them. At a price of 3,000-4,000 VND per stem, she could have earned 50-60 million VND (2,100-2,500 USD). “This year, the price of chrysanthemums has dropped to about 1,000 VND per stem but still no one will buy them,” Nga told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper. Many flower gardens covering over 100ha in Ha Loi village are at risk of being abandoned or going to waste due to the lockdown decision in Hanoi’s Me Linh commune, Me Linh district, on April 7 afternoon after a local tested positive for COVID-19. The roads to Ha Loi village are quiet now, and most people are staying at home. The only people out and about are health workers who are going from house to house conducting tests after four cases of the disease were confirmed. Growing flowers is the main source of income for people here. “It’s painful. I cannot harvest or sell them. They will die. But it is for the safety of the community,” Nga said. Nguyen Quoc Dien… Read full this story
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