VietNamNet Bridge – Confronting disadvantages in every way, young farmers in the Mekong Delta have flocked to big cities to change their lives. The Mekong Delta cries for help The Mekong Delta’s deadly foibles According to senior farmers, in the past, every harvest season, seasonal workers from many provinces flocked to the Mekong Delta to build tents near rice fields to work as hired reapers. But it happened many years ago. In late June 2011, the Mekong Delta was at the peak of the harvest season but all families faced labor shortage. There were no hired laborers from other regions. Even on-the-spot labor was in serious shortage. Only old people and children appeared on the field. This has been a fact in the delta for years. “At the early harvest season, the pay for hired reapers was VND140,000 per 1,000sq.m. It rose to VND200,000-250,000 per 1,000sq.m during the peak season. That price is very high but we cannot recruit enough reapers,” farmer Bay An in Lang Bien commune, Dong Thap province told VietNamNet. Don’t want to be farmers It is popular to see farmers leaving their native land. Several years ago, at a national workshop, lawyer Pham Duy Nghia warned of three clear threats to the countryside: farmers lose their fields, farmers are fed up with fields, and farmers fed up with the countryside. Scientific reports also confirm the fact that part of farmers do not want to be farmers anymore, because profit from rice is not enough for life….