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Dong Thap Muoi lacks water for rice fields

Update: November, 09/2015 - 16:20
Farmers catch fish in the flood season in Dong Thap Muoi. Water shortage during the flood season this year have caused difficulties for local farmers' lives. — Photo ngaynay.vn

LONG AN (VNS) — Several rice fields in Dong Thap Muoi (plain of reeds) in the southern Long An Province did not get water during the flood season this year, affecting local farmers' lives.

The flood season in the area often lasts from August to November.

Vinh Chau B is one of the communes in the floodplain of Tan Hung District in the province, but many rice fields in the commune do not have sufficient water.

Fish and shrimp production have fallen due to the water shortage, causing worry among many families that depend on the flood season.

Nguyen Thi Lun, a resident of the commune, said last year her family caught 60kg to 80kg of fish per day during the flood season and had a total income of VND10 million (US$440) after the season.

This year, however, she has caught a few snails only.

Nguyen Thi Dau, head of the commune's women's union branch, said local farmers were hit hard by the floods, but without the floods, they suffered even more.

Many of them earned their living by catching fish, she said.

Without the floods, there would be no alluvium and the local farmers would face several difficulties during the winter-spring rice crop season this year, Dau said.

Phan Van Ni, deputy head of the Tan Hung District Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said the volume of flood water this year was the least in recent years.

The Long An People's Committee said local residents should sow seeds a month earlier as compared with the previous season, so that the winter-spring rice season would have better results. — VNS

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