The World Bank and the Asian Development Bank (ADP) expect temperatures in Vietnam to rise by between 1 and 3.4°C by the end of the century, putting an additional 6-12 million people at risk of flooding. Economic losses caused by climate change could reach US$15 billion by the middle of the century, with floods causing an additional US$9 billion worth of damage.
Some 65,500 hectares of crops in Vietnam's central region will be affected by the ongoing drought, and nearly 138,800 households will have to deal with water shortage in their daily lives. Households in central provinces will be supported by the National Center for Rural Water Supply and Environmental Sanitation to build rain water tanks as a backup water supply.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has issued a decision on the implementation of agricultural insurance policy. Under Decision No. 22/2019/QD-TTg dated June 26, 2019, such plants, animals and aquaculture products like rice, cow, buffalo, black tiger shrimp and while-leg shrimp will receive support of agricultural insurance fees.
An outbreak of African swine fever, a highly contagious disease that’s been called “pig Ebola,” is ravaging Asia’s pig industry with no signs of letting up. The current outbreak of the virus, which kills almost all animals it infects, began in China in August. Since then, some 22 percent of the country’s pig herd has been lost to the disease and to culling, Christine McCracken, an animal protein expert at Rabobank.
The water tastes salty and the rice barely grows in the coastal villages of the Ca Mau peninsula at the southern tip of Vietnam’s Mekong River delta. Thi Tran, a young woman who farms 2 acres (0.8 hectares) of rice and vegetables while her husband works on the fishing boats in the Gulf of Thailand, says she fears for her family.
The Mekong Delta and the south-eastern region plan to grow other crops on more than 126,300ha of low-yield rice fields this year as a means of adapting to climate change and improving farmers’ incomes. Of the figure, 124,526ha are in the delta, according to the Plant Cultivation Department. Farmers will rotate rice and other crops in the same fields or stop growing rice completely and grow only other crops.
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