Mr. Bui Thanh Anh, in Hamlet 7, Long Tri A Commune (Long My Town, Hau Giang Province) is one of the families growing ginger in the winter. He chooses when to seed at the end of September and the beginning of October, which has been successful and brought high income to the region.
Ginger is an indispensable condiment in the preparation of many dishes. In addition, ginger is also a medicine for the treatment of many diseases. However, if ginger growers want to achieve high yields or selling prices, they must care about the time of growing.
Farmers are packing ginger in Long Tri A commune, Long My town, Hau Giang province. (Photo: Internet)
The ideal time for growing ginger is the first months of the year, particularly, early spring in January and February, or in early summer in April and May.
Mr. Bui Thanh Anh, in Hamlet 7, Long Tri A Commune (Long My Town, Hau Giang Province) is one of the ginger growers choosing the time of seedling in late September and early October. Though, he has been successful and gained a high source of income in the region.
Mr. Anh said: “Previously, his family grew fruit trees but when he saw the ginger growing model for efficiency, he decided to switch. Initially, due to the lack of experience, it is necessary to grow in the season convenient for harvesting near the Tet holiday. In several years, the ginger supply is much causing the selling price not being high…”.
After many years of growing ginger, Mr. Anh decided to change the time of seedlings compared to before. His family’s ginger harvest is mainly in April and May. At this time, the ginger supply to the market is less, so it can be sold at a higher price. Since he changed the time of seedling, his family’s life becomes better.
Mr. Anh has over 10 years of ginger growing experience. According to his opinion, in addition to choosing the time to grow, it is also very important to choose the right variety which decides 70% of yield when harvesting.
Therefore, farmers must choose gingers with big sizes and shiny skin. The soil must be soft, using husk ash, and organic fertilizer. After seedlings, we need to use the straw to keep the soil moist and help the ginger buds come out early.
Ginger from growing to harvesting takes about 7 or 8 months. If it is well cared for, the yield can reach nearly 3 tonnes/1,000m2.
Currently, what Mr. Anh and the ginger farmers are very excited about is that the output market is relatively stable.
The price of ginger in the winter ranges from 20,000 – 25,000 VND/kg higher than in the favorable season. With 1,000m2 of ginger cultivation, the family has just harvested about 3 tonnes for sale at 25,000 VND/kg, after deducting costs, the profit is over 50 million VND.
In the next winter crop, Mr. Anh is expected to expand to a scale of about 3,000m2 to contribute to improving his family’s life.
It can be said that the ginger cultivation model in inverse season brings quite high economic efficiency, contributing to increasing income, and taking advantage of leisure time because ginger care does not take much time.
In addition, growing ginger in the inverse season helps farmers become active in growing and harvesting time compared to other crops. Ginger can be preserved for a long time. When prices are high, farmers can sell them and when prices are low, they keep waiting for prices to increase.