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Vietnam to protect its rice fields
Updated June 7, 2008 09:56:17
Vietnam has announced plans to protect around four million hectares of rice fields, to ensure long-term national food security.
According to state media, Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai instructed the Agriculture Ministry to prepare a Rice Cultivation Land Management decree.
Vietnam's economic boom has seen rice land in the Mekong and Red River deltas shrink, from about 4.5 million to 4.1 million hectares between 2000 and 2006.
Aside from the building of new factories, rice paddies are also being reduced by more than 120 golf courses that are either in operation or being planned.