VND70 bn earmarked for dykes

Some VND70 billion (US$3.9 million) will be earmarked for shoring up dykes nationwide, said the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Cao Duc Phat, at a meeting on storm protection in the Mekong Delta.

Policemen building a dyke in the Mekong delta province of Tien Giang (Photo: SGGP)

Flooding, drought and saltwater intrusion into farmlands have caused great difficulties for those living and producing goods in the Mekong Delta. The agricultural sector will also be most affected by climate change and subsequent increased floods.

The ministry has instructed provinces to check how many hectares of farmland are affected by natural disasters. Scientists will then plan which plants grow best under such conditions.

In addition to climate change, dilapidated embankment systems are failing to prevent seawater encroachment into rice paddies, the minister added.

The ministry has submitted a plan to improve dyke systems from the central province of Quang Ngai to the southern province of Kien Giang.

By Binh Dai - Translated by Quan Vu

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