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.
Mr. Nguyen Van Co, a farmer in Tay Hamlet in An Vinh Commune, said that he was only able to collect around 900 kilograms of fresh garlic from his 1,500-square-meter garlic field this winter-spring garlic crop. In comparison to previous years, production was up to 40 percent lower. After harvesting, he suffers a loss of VND7 million.
Nearly the entire Mekong Delta in Vietnam — an area that helps feed about 200 million people — will sink underwater by the year 2100 at current rates, a new study predicts. The delta, which is home to almost 18 million people and produces half of Vietnam's food, faces this potential humanitarian crisis largely because the heavy extraction of groundwater is causing land to sink as sea levels simultaneously rise, the study found.
In Soc Trang Province, traders are buying sugarcane in Cu Lao Dung District for VND200 – 300 a kilo, a record-low price. The islet district, which is the province’s largest sugarcane producer, has about 2,300ha of sugarcane for the 2018-19 crop. Tran Vu Lan, who plants 1.2ha of sugarcane in Cu Lao Dung’s Dai An 1 Commune, said the low price of sugarcane and the high cost of hiring workers for harvesting have caused a loss of VND20 million (US$860) per hectare.
Nguyen The Tu, Deputy Head of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in Phung Hiep district in the Mekong delta province of Hau Giang, said yesterday that a sugarcane fetched VND500-650 a kilogram while production cost is VND715 a kilogram; accordingly, a farmer sold at a loss of VND15-20 million ($643-$858).
The annual flooding in the Mekong Delta has damaged more than 2,000ha of rice this year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Directorate of Water Resources. More than 1,270ha of the crop in An Giang Province, 316ha in Kiên Giang and 182ha in Đồng Tháp were totally destroyed while 265ha in Đồng Tháp and 24ha in Long An were damaged.
At 5am this morning, a fire was seen raging in the No.2 cold storage of The Hai Duy dragon fruit storehouse in the southern province of Binh Thuan. Local caretakers tried to intervene and also called the local firefighters. Within a short period of time, dozens of firefighters and three fire trucks were sent to the scene to extinguish the fire. However, this spread quickly because of all the nylon bags and paper boxes present.
The Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has recently worked with the leaders of six Northwest mountainous provinces including Lao Cai, Ha Giang, Yen Bai, Dien Bien, Lai Chau and Son La on the project “Rural development in natural disasters adaptation”. The Prime Minister highlighted the common characteristics of the 6 Northwestern provinces such as: high rate of poor households,frequently suffered from heavy losses due to natural disasters.
An individual who works in agriculture and is from a poor or near poor household will receive support of up to 90 per cent for agricultural insurance fees from the Government. New resolution No.58, which will be valid from June 5, 2018, moreover, says that an individual who works in agriculture and does not belong to a poor or near poor household will be covered for up to 20 per cent of agricultural insurance fees.
In mid-March, residents in some coastal areas in the Mekong Delta began complaining about fresh water shortage. Farmers who had just finished harvesting of the winter-spring crop are now hurrying to sow the summer-autumn crop. Fresh water is getting scarce because of rising sea water levels and saline intrusion, damaging agricultural production and affecting people’s lives.
A strong cold spell continues to wreak havoc on the northern and central provinces and the Central Highlands region in Vietnam. Heavy snowfall began in Sa Pa township in the northern province of Lao Cai on Wednesday, while ice covered the peak of Mau Son Mountain in Lang Son province. The temperature dropped to minus 1.6 degrees Celsius.
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