- CHALLENGE: Food
- INDUSTRY: Agriculture
- LOCATION: Mekong Delta, Vietnam
This two minute film looks at how a new hybrid seed is helping farmers in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam produce high-yielding rice crops in support of the regionally unique farming system know as the rice-after-shrimp method. By rotating their land between rice and shrimp, farmers are making more money and providing stability for their families and local communities.
The complication comes during the post-shrimp harvest, when rice yields are reduced to high salinity levels in the soil left by the salt water used to produce shrimp. Open Pollinated Varietal rice seed (OPV) are particularly affected by these unfavorable pH conditions.
We reveal how DuPont Pioneer worked with local farmers to introduce the PHB71 hybrid seed as a workable solution to the challenges thrown up by the rice-after-shrimp farming method. Pioneer® brand PHB71 seed is proven to have a high tolerance to high salinity levels in soil – even increasing yield per hectare by 30% - 40% compared to the OPV rice seed.