Farmers urged to keep their cattle warm as temperatures plunge in the North

Tuesday, 2019-12-10 15:10:39
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Sa Pa farmers start moving their cattle to lowland to avoid the cold. (Photo: NDO/Quoc Hong)
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NDO – Local authorities in the North have warned farmers in taking measures to keep their cattle and poultry warm as the region is still suffering from a prolonged temperature plunge.

According to the national weather service, due to the continuous increase of cold spell from the North, the temperature in Dien Bien province has dropped sharply in the past few days, even as low as 3C at night and in the early morning, while hoarfrost and thin ice has also appeared.

In the morning of December 9, the temperature at some mountainous areas in Nghe An province dropped to 0C, with the appearance of frost affecting local people's lives. In particular, some spots in Ky Son district have suffered temperatures at night and dawn down to 0-8C.

In the face of complicated weather, local authorities have instructed specialised agencies to guide local farmers to implement measures to keep their livestock warm, as well as storing food and strengthening cages for cattle and poultry, while advising farmers not to graze cattle and poultry when severe cold weather occurs.

According to the Lao Cai Provincial People's Committee, in the 2019 winter season, the province has more than 20,000 cattle facing high risk of starvation and ultimately dying if prolonged cold weather occurs. Currently, about three-fourths of livestock households have prepared stable barns for their cattle. The province’s authorities have asked the localities to mobilise the people to thoroughly collect straw and grass, while reserving dry food at least of 400kg for each head of cattle.