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Seawater hurts Ca Mau farms

Update: January, 10/2015 - 09:08
Seawater has encroached on nearly 10,000 hectares of agricultural land in the province, the report found. — Photo nguoiduatin
CA MAU  (VNS) — Saltwater intrusion has hurt rice farming and aquaculture in coastal areas of the southernmost province of Ca Mau, according to a report released by the provincial Department of Natural Resources and Environment.

Seawater has encroached on nearly 10,000 hectares of agricultural land in the province, the report found.

Pouring sea water into 290,000 hectares of farm land for shrimp breeding is a major cause of the sea-water encroachment. The department also blamed the situation on climate change and sea levels rising. They've risen over one metre in the past decade, while local sea dykes have begun to deteriorate, according to the department.

Le Van Su, director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said the province is facing a shortage of financial resources to tackle the problem.

The province needed VND1.3 trillion (US$61.9 million) to upgrade the dyke systems in the West Sea in general and Ca Mau in particular, but the Government had only provided several tens of billions of dong – not enough to complete the necessary construction, he said. — VNS

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