Ministry embarks on Cai Lon-Cai Be irrigation project to solve saltwater problem

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development yesterday launched the first phase of Cai Lon-Cai Be irrigation project which is expected to solve problems relating to saltwater for the Mekong delta provinces of Kien Giang, Ca Mau and Bac Lieu.

Artist impression of Cai Lon Irrigation (Photo: SGGP)

Artist impression of Cai Lon Irrigation (Photo: SGGP)

The Cai Lon-Cai Be irrigation project, which is within the Ca Mau peninsula area, covers more than 909,000 hectares in the Mekong Delta provinces of Hau Giang, Kien Giang, Ca Mau, Soc Trang, Bac Lieu and Can Tho City.
In phase one, the project will mainly control brackish water, saltwater and fresh water at a river mouth for sustainable coastal aquaculture and agriculture in the area of 346,241 hectares.
Moreover, it assists with climate change issues, rising seawater and resolve inundation due to land subsidence. It is also meant to reduce loss because of natural disasters such as drought and salinity.
Additionally, it helps to resolve freshwater shortage in the dry season for districts An Minh and An Bien and drainage and develop water and road transport in the project area contributing to push socioeconomic development.
Total investment of the project is more than VND3,309 billion (US$ 142,292,963) comprising VND2,372 billion for construction and equipment while the remaining for land clearance and consultation fee.
It is slated to complete on December 31, 2022.

By staff writers - Translated by ANH QUAN

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