Mekong Delta urged to cop with rising sea level

With the rising sea level, saltwater has reached further inland in the Mekong Delta affecting agricultural production for farms.

Farmers harvest rice in the Mekong Delta (Photo: SGGP)

Saltwater has penetrated 34-38 kilometers inland along Ham Luong, Cua Dai and Co Chien River in Ben Tre Province. Hau Giang Province, a province far inland, is also affected by the salt water.

This salt intrusion will prolong until the end of May and affect 12,000-14,000 hectares of farming land, according to the Irrigation Department in the provinces.

President Truong Tan Sang believes the Mekong Delta is in need of restructuring of agriculture to cope with climate change issues.

President Sang suggests that the Southwestern Region Steering Committee and provinces in the delta should incorporate other indigenous plants into rice fields and build sea dyke systems to prevent saltwater from encroaching inland.

By Binh Dai – Translated by Hai Mien

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