29-12-2013 15:35 PM | Vietnam

Vietnamese rice farmers abandon their fields

Rice may be a staple in the Vietnamese diet, but the country may face a shortage of the crop as struggling farmers leave their jobs.

Some farmers, such as those in the Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, have been illegally converting their paddies to shrimp farms. Others who come from families that have been cultivating rice for generations have chosen to leave agriculture altogether. Young farmers, in particular, have been flocking to cities to work better-paying factory jobs.
Full Story : the Diplomat