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Israel shares experiences with Việt Nam in saving water in farming

Update: June, 26/2020 - 14:43

 

The Israeli agriculture expert Shlomo Kramer tells Vietnamese officers and researchers about the drip irrigation technology through a webinar. Photo courtesy of Israel Embassy in Việt Nam

HÀ NỘI — Drip irrigation – an effective Israeli invention that helps save water significantly – could be applied in Việt Nam, particularly when part of Việt Nam was heavily hit by droughts and saline intrusion, Israel’s agriculture expert said.

Presenting in a webinar on irrigation and water management on Thursday, the Israeli expert Shlomo Kramer told Vietnamese officers and researchers about the drip irrigation technology, especially the technology applied for saline water, for example those in greenhouses where watermelons, carrots, onions or grapes are grown.

Drip irrigation helped save 80 per cent of water compared with conventional watering techniques, Kramer said.

In Việt Nam, the technology can be applied for rice cultivation in the Mekong Delta region which is heavily hit by saline intrusion and water shortage, he said.

Israel and the Mekong Delta region had a common problem of saline intrusion and drip irrigation could help solve the problem as well as ensure sustainable production and development for farmers.

Diirector of Overseas Programme of Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MASHAV) Daniel Zonshine said that the issues of water and salinity intrusion were serious in both Israel and the Mekong Delta.

He said he hoped that drip irrigation technology and Israel’s experiences would be helpful to Việt Nam.

The webinar on Thursday was co-organised by the Israel Embassy to Việt Nam, MASHAV and Việt Nam Water Resources Sciences Institute. Participants in the webinar included officers of agriculture departments from central and southern provinces of Việt Nam like Tây Ninh, Đồng Tháp, Lâm Đồng, Bình Phước, HCM City, Cần Thơ and Hậu Giang which have experienced severe droughts and saline intrusion since early this year. — VNS

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