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Hoar frost ruins 700 hectares of coffee plants in Lam Dong Province

Around 700 hectares of coffee plants in the Central Highland province of Lam Dong were ruined by hoar frost over four days starting from March 10, announced the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development on Friday.

Around 700 hectares of coffee plants in the Central Highland province of Lam Dong were ruined by hoar frost over four days starting from March 10, announced the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development on Friday.
Around 700 hectares of coffee plants in the Central Highland province of Lam Dong were ruined by hoar frost over four days starting from March 10, announced the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development on Friday.

The area accounts for a fifth of the total of coffee plantations in Lac Duong District.

Around 1,000 other hectares of coffee were partly damaged by frost.

The four day spell of hoar frost caused the most severe damage to crops in the locality in the last ten years.

Lac Duong is a mountainous district in Lam Dong, with a big gap in average temperatures between day and night.

Pham Trieu, deputy chairman of the People’s Committee of Lac Duong, said authorities will aid farmers with seeds and fertilizers to cultivate the affected areas.

In addition, farmers will also be given short term seed trees to alternately plant with coffee trees during the initial period to stabilize their crops.

The Lam Dong Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is proposing that banks delay collecting debts from households affected by the hoar frost spell.

Last year, a vast area of coffee plantations in Lac Duong was damaged from long lasting rains.