Ha Tinh copes with water shortage and salt water intrusion

Farmers in Ha Tinh province could not complete planting the summer- autumn rice crop because of uninterrupted drought, water shortage for irrigation and salt water intrusion, reported Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of Ha Tinh province.

Farmers in Ha Tinh province face with uninterrupted drought, water shortage for irrigation and salt water intrusion. (Photo:SGGP)

At present, most of water reservoirs, dams and streams in Ha Tinh reel under serious salt water intrusion, causing lacking of fresh water for vast areas under the summer- autumn rice cultivation.

Moreover, not only canal and stream systems in Ha Tinh province’s Can Loc, Thach Ha, Nghi Xuan and Loc Ha district but also 24, 000 hectares of rice cultivation crops in Ha Tinh’s northern areas faced with serious water shortage and salt water intrusion.

As schedule, 41, 000- 43, 000 hectares have been planted for the summer- autumn harvest by June 10; however, up to now, only 20 percents of the targeted area has been seeded.

Huong Khe mountain district is considered as being most affected by long term severe heat waves with it’s highest daily temperature at 39- 41 degrees Celsius within previous months.

Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of Huong Khe District reported that only 1,738 hectares of areas under rice cultivation have enough water sources for irrigation.

Dealing with bad weather condition, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of Ha Tinh province mobilized all functional forces to implement measures to prevent drought, drill wells and install more pumping stations to provide water for irrigation.

By Duong Quang- Translated by Huyen Huong

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