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Ha Tinh crops face salty threat

Update: June, 10/2015 - 09:32
Thousands of hectares of crops in the northern part of Ha Tinh Province are facing severe water shortages after the concentration of saltwater in the Lam River reached the highest rate for decades. — Photo xaluan

HA TINH (VNS) — Thousands of hectares of crops in the northern part of Ha Tinh Province are facing severe water shortages after the concentration of saltwater in the Lam River reached the highest rate for decades.

Head of the province's Irrigation Division, Ngo Duc Hoi, said that the Trung Luong Water Inlet Sluice had been closed to prevent salt water from entering the fields.

This has led to the shutdown of 190 pumping stations that took water from the river to the fields.

He said that the sluice was opened only when the saltwater concentration was not too high.

Director of North Ha Tinh Irrigation Company, Tran Quoc Hung, said that 24,000ha of rice in the northern part of the province, including Hong Linh Town, Can Loc District and Thach Ha District, faced severe water shortages.

Saltwater intrusion and low water levels in rivers, streams and reservoirs threatened farming productivity, so the Linh Cam Pumping Station was working at full capacity.

There are 345 reservoirs and 57 barrages that provide water for over 110,000ha of farmland in the province, but most of them are dry because of the prolonged drought.

In Huong Khe District alone, farmers only have enough water to irrigate half of their crops, so many have switched to other crops.

Huong Khe District has been the hottest area in Ha Tinh Province, with temperatures up to 41 degrees Celsius and no rain for the last two months.

Last week, Chairman of the provincial People's Committee Le Dinh Son asked local authorities and agencies to concentrate on fighting the drought with local farmers.

He said that State officers would be disciplined if they did not deal with the problem. — VNS

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