Mekong Delta province to help Vietnamese growers combat drought and salt water situation

The People’s Committee of the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh will provide relief worth more than 40 billion VND (US$1.7 million to more than 28,000 farming households to revive the province's agriculture. This was severely affected by drought and saltwater intrusion in the 2019 - 20 dry season.

Pham Minh Truyen, director of the province's Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said drought and saltwater intrusion have increasingly worsened and affected many farming areas. In the dry season that ended last month, the saltwater intrusion began earlier than normal and affected most farming areas in the province, damaging many crops, especially rice.

To help growers to confidently switch to other crops, the province has provided them with advanced techniques and undertaken promotional activities to find steady outlets for their new produce.

It has encouraged them to join co-operatives and co-operative groups to improve farming efficiency and incomes.

In 2020 - 22, the province plans to spend more than 10 billion VND for agricultural extension activities such as training farmers in techniques for growing crops and breeding animals and aquaculture.


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