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Not all Vietnamese farmers are poor!

by the Fish Site Editor
05 January 2007, at 12:00am

MEKONG RIVER DELTA - At a remote Tan Loc Islet on the Mekong River Delta locked on all sides by the Hau (Bassac) River in southern Can Tho Citys Thot Not district, three farmers are leisurely having coffee on a pavement on morning when their subject turns to cars.

The times they are a changing, Bob Dylan once sung, and with catfish farmers on an islet driving home cars costing $135,000, its clear that Vietnam’s rural frontier is indeed a’ changing.

As the trio, probably knowing no English, say, “OK”, they all take boats out to downtown areas to look for one.

Seeing their rustic looks with breeches, collarless, sleeveless and wrinkled shirts, the salespeople reluctantly ask whether they want to buy by installments.

“We pay in cash”, say the three. They then bring to the rural islet three cars boasting a black burnish more familiar to Wall Street than the delta.

One of the three, Pham Van Phuong complained that when they deposited $9,000, the salespeople still did not believe them, so they telephoned again and again.

Ironically, there are no paved roads for such vehicles on this islet. So the farmers have to hire parking places on the mainland, and chauffeurs at least until they master driving and obtain a license.

Source: Thanh Nien News

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