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Hi Flore Thanks for your response. I guess the farmers in the Mekong Delta will be even happier now. According to the Vietnam Daily News (http://vietnamnews.vnagency.com.vn/showarticle.php?num=01AGR100508)in May 2008, the price farmers are getting had reached 5,000VND per kg. This is more than treble what it was in 2001. Even allowing for inflation and the relative decline in the world wide value of the USD (to which the Vietnamese dong is pretty well tied), I guess this price represents a substantial increase in farmers' incomes. I am looking forward to returning next year to see what impact this will have. It will impact on everything, economic, social and most of all the environment in the Mekong Delta. Are you due to return there soon? Regards Charles