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President sees climate change effects in Delta

Update: March, 05/2014 - 08:43
President Truong Tan Sang emphasised the urgent need to deal with climate change in the vulnerable Mekong Delta during a two-day tour of the region.— VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang

CA MAU (VNS)— President Truong Tan Sang emphasised the urgent need to deal with climate change in the vulnerable Mekong Delta during a two-day tour of the region.

In the southernmost province of Ca Mau, the president viewed sites severely damaged by natural disasters, such as the dyke system in the province's western coastal region.

Located on 254 kilometers of coastline below sea level, Ca Mau suffers an increasing number of unpredictable landslides. If the sea level continues to rise, Ca Mau will lose about 90,000 hectares of farmland.

Inspecting the Bac Lieu Wind Power Plant in Vinh Trach Dong commune, Bac Lieu City, President Sang urged investors to step up the second phase of its development, part of the government's efforts to encourage businesses to invest in green energy. In nine months of operation, the VND5.2 trillion (US$244.4 million) plant has generated more than 20 million kWh of power worth VND35 billion.

The same day, President Sang visited the glasshouse shrimp farming operation of Hai Nguyen Company in Vinh Trach Dong commune, Bac Lieu City, which covers more than one hectare and has a yearly output of 50 tonnes.

Working with the Steering Committee for the Southwestern Region, he noted that despite the many difficulties they faced last year, Mekong Delta localities still recorded a number of socio-economic achievements, with 9 percent economic growth and a rice output of 24.8 million tonnes, up 500,000 tonnes against the previous year.

Highlighting the importance of the southwestern region, he asked the committee as well as leaders of the regional localities to make full use of the region's advantages and strengths, enhance production of agricultural products for export and improve infrastructure.

He also urged the region to increase the application of science and technology to production to improve both the quality and quantity of agricultural products.

Visiting Military Zone 9, the president asked officers and soldiers to promote the unit's heroic tradition and ensure regional defence.

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the People's Border Force, he visited and extended greetings to officials and soldiers at the Nha Mat border post in Bac Lieu City and Khanh Hoi border post in Hu Minh district, Ca Mau province. —VNS

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