Up to now, 100% of the basil area in the North of Vietnam has completed the first harvest. The yield of basil oil compared to the same period in 2021 decreased by 15-20%. Many basil areas are harvested early because of flooding and rain so much . The quality of basil leaves is no old enough to produce.
All basil in the flooded area are dead, unable to recover for the second and third harvest. The area of dead basil accounts for 30% of the total growing area.
Currently, farmers are taking care of the newly harvested basil area by clearing weeds and fertilizing, preparing for the second harvest in August. Normally, the second harvest will give the highest yield of leaves and essential oils.