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Drought forces provinces to halt crop cultivation

Update: May, 05/2015 - 09:39
In three south-central provinces , Khanh Hoa, Ninh Thuan and Phu Yen. were not planning to plant the summer-autumn rice and several other crops due to prolonged drought. — Photo VNA

HCM CITY (VNS) — The agricultural and rural development departments in three south-central provinces said they were not planning to plant the summer-autumn rice and several other crops due to prolonged drought.

The three provinces are Khanh Hoa, Ninh Thuan and Phu Yen.

Director of the Irrigation Construction Company in Ninh Thuan Province Pham Van Huong said the volume of water in 20 reservoirs across the province was about 17 million cubic metres, accounting for nine per cent of their total capacity.

Deputy Director of the Agriculture and Rural Development Department Pham Quang Thuu said the province had cancelled plans for 10,000ha of the summer-autumn rice crop because of drought.

Khanh Hoa is also leaving 13,600ha unplanted.

Vice Chairman of the People's Committee Nguyen Ngoc Son said the province had not suffered a drought like this for the past 10 years.

There had been no rain in the province for few months now, Son said.

Suoi Hanh, the largest reservoir in Cam Ranh City, is lying empty.

Thousands of hectares of mango trees are also in danger due to the water shortage.

About 3,000ha of agricultural land in Phu Yen Province cannot be cultivated because of the barren conditions.

In related news, the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs has asked authorities in 10 provinces in the central and Central Highland regions affected by recent drought to reassess if there need urgent rice aid for near-poor and poor households.

The Ministry has asked authorities in these provinces if they require additional help from the Government.

The 10 provinces are Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, Ninh Thuan, Khanh Hoa, Kon Tum, Gia Lai, Dak Lak and Binh Thuan. — VNS

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