Central region reels under drought, water shortage

Farmers in the north central provinces of Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue are worried as there has been no rain even during the annual rainy season and dry scorching conditions and shortage of water will make it difficult to cultivate the winter-spring rice crop.

No rain in the north central region for the last two months has left parched rice fields (File photo: SGGP)

Farmers are now seriously concerned with the lack of water as there has been no rain for the last two months.

Quang Dien District is the rice bowl of Thua Thien-Hue Province. The district has vast areas of highly fertile land, from rich silt deposits, under rice cultivation. In previous years, it usually rained after the summer-autumn rice crop for three consecutive months. However this year there has been no rain so far.

Farmer Nguyen Van Thanh from the District said that although it is time to till the land to plant rice saplings, the fields are dry from drought and salt intrusion from lack of rain, which also creates conditions for weeds, insects and mice to flourish.

Similar conditions prevail in the neighboring provinces of Quang Tri and Quang Binh.

Tran Kim Thanh, deputy director of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in Thua Thien-Hue Province, said that the average precipitation in the province is 2.700mm annually.

This year the total rainfall recorded was 1,600mm, causing drought conditions prior to the winter-spring rice crop and for the coming year. About 27,000 hectares of rice area in the province is threatened by drought, he said.

The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in Quang Tri Province has advised farmers to cultivate short term rice varieties for this winter-spring crop to cope with water shortage.

By staff writers – Translated by Hai Mien

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