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Delta project tackles climate change effects

Update: May, 26/2014 - 08:30
The project will create local centers to monitor and forecast salinity and improve irrigation canals and dykes, as well as helping farmers find income alternatives that might include growing something other than rice.— File Photo

TRA VINH (VNS) — Starting this month, a US$50-million project co-financed by the UN's International Fund for Agricultural Development and the Vietnamese government is expected to benefit some 125,000 people in the Mekong Delta rice-growing zone.

According to a press release from IFAD, the project will create local centers to monitor and forecast salinity and improve irrigation canals and dykes, as well as helping farmers find income alternatives that might include growing something other than rice.

As part of the project, researchers at Tra Vinh University will look for fish species that are more tolerant to salt water and could provide good income for farmers.

Thuy Pham, vice dean of the university's aqua-agriculture faculty, said alternatives like fish farming would become more important as temperatures continued to rise.

"If we fail to do the necessary research quickly, food security will be compromised," she said.

The program will last for six years. — VNS

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