Đồng Tháp Mười, the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta’s floodplain, comprises Long An, Tiền Giang and Đồng Tháp provinces and spreads over more than 700,000ha. — Photo khuyennongvn.gov.vn
HCM CITY — Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Trần Thanh Nam has instructed provinces in the Đồng Tháp Mười (Plain of Reeds) sub-region to establish linkages among themselves for sustainable development of their agriculture.
Đồng Tháp Mười, the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta’s floodplain, comprises Long An, Tiền Giang and Đồng Tháp provinces and spreads over more than 700,000ha.
Speaking at a seminar in Long An last Tuesday (August 30), Nam said the provinces should collaborate for the use and management of water resources and agricultural production and restructuring.
They should tie up for irrigation development and environmental protection to respond to climate change, he said.
Participants at the seminar said the linkage would promote the sub-region’s potentials and strengths such as those in agriculture, tourism and services and the region’s various produce.
It would also help boost trade with HCM City and trans-border trade with Cambodia, they said.
It would help overcome the challenges facing the subregion, like scarce water resources, ineffective use of farmland and the impact of climate change, they said.
The sub-region has around 350,000ha of farmland, with paddy being the main crop with an annual output of 3 million tonnes.
It accounts for some 20 per cent of the delta’s rice exports.
Earlier this month Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc approved a proposal to link the provinces in Đồng Tháp Mười for their sustainable development.
He tasked Đồng Tháp, Tiền Giang and Long An provinces with drafting a plan for the purpose by the end of the third quarter. — VNS