29 Nov 2013 | From Muchu of Vietnam
FACEBOOK SWAP (6 of 14 postcards)
Vietnam is one of world's richest agricultural regions and is the second largest (after Thailand) exporter worldwide and the world's seventh-largest consumer of rice.
In the geographical region of Vietnam which has a total land area of 33 million ha, there are three ecosystems that dictate rice-growing culture. These are: the southern delta that dominates rice coverage which has a warm and humid climate throughout the year with sunshine, the northern delta with tropical monsoon area with cold winters with rainfed and flood prone rice varieties; and highlands of the north which has upland rice varieties; and the percentage distribution of area grown in the three ecosystems are 60, 32 and 8 respectively.